An editor of a journal asked me to review a paper but did not provide his/her name or institution, signing the e-mail as, essentially, “Editor of …”. The e-mail seems to be based upon a template. The journal is reputable but not a top one. I cannot determine the editor’s name from public online sources or private contacts. My best guess is that the name of the author of the e-mail is very likely to belong to the list of the editors advertised on the web page of the journal. I know nobody from this list personally through I’ve read and cited some of their papers.

  1. How should the editor’s decision to stay anonymous be qualified? Was is (i) unethical, (ii) unprofessional, (iii) a bad practice?

  2. What does this tell us about the editor or the journal?

  3. I would like to know whom I am speaking to before taking any decision. What would be the most appropriate reaction from my side, if any?

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