(noun) A research protocol in which neither the researcher or the reader of the findings can identify a respondent based on their responses; the state of being anonymous.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: anonymities
  • Anonymity is not the same as confidentiality. When an individual can only be identified by the researcher who guarantees their responses will not be made public the person is protected by confidentiality not anonymity.
  • Anonymous surveys (verb) anonymize data to make it (adjective) anonymous and to (adverb) anonymously assure participants have (noun) anonymousness.

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How to Cite the Definition of Anonymity

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “anonymity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 26, 2019 (

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

anonymity. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “anonymity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 26, 2019.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“anonymity.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 26 Jun. 2019. <>.