For journals that use double-anonymized peer review, authors are required to submit:
Note: Cover letters are not sent to reviewers.
Where present, the following identifiable information should be treated as follows:
If the journal you are submitting to mandates research data sharing and requires links to the data to be shared at submission, the data should be deposited in a repository that preserves author anonymity. The data can then be viewed anonymously during the peer review process.
Figshare is a repository that can be used to generate a ‘private sharing link’ for free which can be sent via email, and which you can add to your manuscript. The recipient can then access that data without having a Figshare account, and this link anonymizes the data for reviewers. These links expire after one year and should not be cited in publications.
Author Responses to Reviewer comments can be entered directly in and/or attached to the submission form. When attaching responses, authors should ensure that file metadata and any comments are anonymized.