22 February 2008
Budden AE, Tregenza T, Aarssen LW, et al. Double-blind review favours increased representation of female authors. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 2008; 23:4-6.
The study reveals that the introduction in the scientific editorial world of the double-blind review process, lead to an increase of publications signed by women researchers. Within two years from the introduction of this process in the journals “Behavioral Ecology” and “Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology”, has been registered a sensible increase of articles published by women researchers. The results of the study rise the question if there is a “chauvinist” bias in the peer review procedure that the double-blind process exposes, or if there is a “feminist” bias in the valutation of casual data.