Nature and some of its associated journals will offer authors the option of double-blind peer review beginning next month, the journal says.

Currently, the journal follows a single-blind system in which the reviewers are anonymous, but they know the identities of the authors whose manuscript they are reviewing. In this new option, the reviewers would remain anonymous and they would not know whose paper they are reviewing.

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