Although the current single-blind review practice serves us well, the Journal of Mechanical Design (JMD) is always searching for ways to improve the review process and its outcomes. Toward that end and based on a recommendation from within the JMD Editorial Board, JMD is now offering “double-blind review” as an option available to all JMD contributing authors.

Research has shown that biases related to reputation, seniority, gender, nationality, and institutional affiliation exist in the review process [1,2]. Specifically, it was shown in Ref. [1] that authors from English-speaking countries were more likely to have their papers accepted, and journals were more likely to accept papers from authors who have the same nationality as the journal (with the strongest effect in favor of US-based authors). Additionally, a randomized controlled trial of double-blind versus single-blind reviews published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

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