Kim Eggleton on how using anonymity can create more diverse, equitable, and inclusive peer review
Every minute of every day we make judgements. Shall I answer this call? Can I trust a stranger to hold the lead of my dog whilst I do up my laces? Judging our environment often based on what we already know or on previous experiences. But what if we were to strip out identity, would that improve our judgement?
An interesting reflection on how anonymity in peer review can improve the inclusivity in the scientific record for matters such as gender, race and geographic location. We have included links to six related items.
Academics are humans and they have opinions about not only the work they need to assess but also about the people who wrote the work. Studies show that academic reviewers are unconsciously more likely to accept work if it is written by people they consider to be like them – this seems to apply across gender, ethnicity and geography.