Monday, May 11, 2015

How to Remove Bias From Peer Review

The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 7th, 2015

The ugly side of peer review was on full display last week when a scientific paper was rejected for reasons that smacked of sexism. Two female authors had submitted a paper to a journal that is part of the open-access PLOS family. A negative decision was made based on a single review stating, “It would probably also be beneficial to find one or two male biologists to work with (or at least obtain internal review from, but better yet as active co-authors). … ”
The reviewer has since been removed from the PLOS reviewer database, and the editor was asked to resign from the editorial board. But the quandary concerning overt sexism — even misogyny — in academic journals remains.

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