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New study questions existence of ‘gender bias’ in scholarly journals

New study questions existence of ‘gender bias’ in scholarly journals
A new study published on January 6 questions the narrative of a gender gap and "gender bias" in peer-review journals. "Although there were some differences…

“Although there were some differences between fields of research, our findings suggest that peer review and editorial processes do not penalize manuscripts by women,” the team of ten researchers from a handful of European universities said.The paper, published in Science Advances, said: Scholarly journals are often blamed for a gender gap in publication rates, but it is unclear whether peer review and editorial processes contribute to it.This article examines gender bias in peer review with data for 145 journals in various fields of research, including about 1.On the other hand, recent research in other fields, such as ecology, found that manuscripts submitted by women as first authors received slightly worse peer review scores and were more likely to be rejected after peer review.

While the publication gap between men and women is generally explained by persistent differences in submission rates by women in almost all fields of research, it is unclear whether peer review and editorial processes contribute to it.The researchers are skeptical that “peer review and editorial process” contribute to the presence of a gender gap in some publications.

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