Gender bias in scholarly peer review and citation

Posted on 23/06/2022


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Peer review is the cornerstone of scholarly publishing and it is essential that peer reviewers are appointed on the basis of their expertise alone. However, it is difficult to check for any bias in the peer-review process because the identity of peer reviewers generally remains confidential.

The number of citations, and more importantly, citations in high-impact journals is one of the motors of a scientists career. However, studies are showing a gender bias impeding the career of women researchers.