Problem: For a journal that is configured as double blind peer review: When the editor informs the authors about the result of decision on a submission and tickmarks the “Send a copy of this email notification by BCC to the following reviewers” option (see screenshot 1), the e-mails received by the reviewers reveal both the TO: e-mail adresss of the author(s) and the name of the author in the e-mail body to the reviewer (screenshot 2). This isn’t anymore double-blind.
Proposal for a solution:
A different Email template should be used by the system in such a case,
All the mail addresses (authors and reviewers) must be used in the BCC: field only.
I agree that BCC’ing reviewers on an author email is a bad approach in general, and bound to cause problems. For the next major version (3.4), reviewers can be sent entirely separate notifications. You can see some examples of what the new editorial decision workflow looks like here:
We don’t have plans to revisit how this works in 3.3. However, if there is large enough community interest in addressing this during the 3.3 LTS lifecycle (until Jan 1, 2025), we may consider a change in a future 3.3.0-x line.