Female Scientists Face Discrimination in Publishing

Stack_of_paper According to recently published research by Amber Budden at the University of Toronto, women are more likely to have their research published if the referees who peer review their work don’t know they are women! According to the New Scientist "It has long been suspected that "single-blind" peer review – in which reviewers know a researcher’s identity but not vice versa – can lead to bias. Gender, nationality and nepotism have also been identified as biasing factors in the application process for research fellowships."  It would seem that according to the research, a system of double-blind peer review, in which neither side knows the other’s identity, would be a fairer system and should be instituted at a greater number of scientific journals. Here, here!

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