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Yes. While this process may be new to astronomy, there is an abundance of literature on this topic from many different fields. The working group on anonymizing proposal reviews has reviewed the literature on this topic, and the results are clear: the removal of names and affiliations results in reduced bias in the review process. We have collected some relevant journal articles on this, which can be read heresee Anonymous-Double Blind Review Annotated Bibliography.docx.

How difficult will the changes be on proposers?