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Double-blind peer review, in which neither author nor reviewer identity are revealed, is rarely practised in ecology or evolution journals. However, in 2001, double-blind review was introduced by the journal Behavioral Ecology. Following this policy change, there was a significant increase in female first-authored papers, a pattern not observed in a very similar journal that provides reviewers with author information. No negative effects could be identified, suggesting that double-blind review should be considered by other journals.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.tree.2007.07.008

Type

Journal article

Journal

Trends Ecol Evol

Publication Date

01/2008

Volume

23

Pages

4 - 6

Keywords

Authorship, Bibliometrics, Double-Blind Method, Ecology, Editorial Policies, Female, Humans, Male, Peer Review, Research, Sex Distribution