Anonymization

The first step in the Law Review's editing process is to anonymize all submissions. This ensures that all submissions are considered on their merits, not on the basis of the prestige, infamy, or obscurity of their authors. Consequently, the Law Review takes this process extremely seriously.

Our Editorial Manager is the only person with access to the submissions as they come in and remains the only person aware of the identities of authors until final decisions are made on whether to publish each submission. Authors are expected to remove all personally identifiable information, but in case anything is missed, our Editorial Manager checks each submission and redacts anything which could identify the author in the submission and the cover letter. A combined, redacted document is the only file accessible to the rest of the Law Review.

Anonymization does stop at redacting. Throughout the process, our Editorial Manager ensures that editors who have authored submissions, or know authors' identities, are prevented from doing any work with respect to those submissions. We recognize that the process of dealing with conflicts of interest could implicitly give others information about why a conflict exists, which may provide information into the author's identity. Thus, our Editorial Manager alone knows the procedures for dealing with conflicts and has unilateral authority to change Cell Groups.

For more information on our anonymization process, to the extent that it can be shared, please contact our Editorial Manager, Kimberly Legate, at editorialmanager.lawreview@utoronto.ca.

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