Anonymous pdf (updated)
| Gabriel |
One of the quaint traditions of academia is anonymous peer review. This is made somewhat difficult by the fact that all sorts of info is in the meta-text. Here’s a way to keep your name out of the meta text while making pdfs on a mac. (Steps two and three also work on Linux).
1. Save the file as postscript. On the Mac you do this the same way you save as pdf (that is you click the “pdf” button in the print dialog) except that you choose “save as postscript”
2. Open the postscript file in a text editor, search for all occurrences of your name and other identifying information etc and replace the strings with “anonymous.”
3. Open the terminal, “cd” to the right place, and type:
It takes a few seconds to execute, but that’s it. Yes it would be possible to batch it but unless you’re much more productive than me and send articles out for peer review every day it’s not really worth it.
If you want to double check that it worked you can use this procedure to search the meta-text of a pdf.
Based on this macosxhints thread I created this drag and drop Automator application that scrubs the “author” (your name) and “content creator” (e.g. MS Word) fields from an existing pdf. So just create the pdf normally, then use this application to clean it.