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News Picks : Double-blind peer review gains ground

By: Physics Today
16 July 2014

Nature: In scientific publishing, authors are rarely told who will be reviewing their submissions, but reviewers almost invariably know whose work they are evaluating. To avoid possible bias, some publishers are considering double-blind peer review, in which neither author nor reviewer knows the identity of the other. A study has shown that otherwise identical CVs get ranked higher when they have male names on them than when they have female names. That and other biases may be preventing the advancement of women and minorities, since one's publication record significantly affects advancement in scientific fields. Among the publishers experimenting with double-blind peer review is the Nature Publishing Group, which owns Nature.

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