An examination of gender differences in the American Fisheries Society peer-review process

Oberlin College; Auburn University; Carleton University (Canada); Illinois Natural History Survey
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This study investigated the possibility of gender differences in outcomes throughout the peer review process of American Fisheries Society (AFS) journals. For each manuscript submitted to four AFS journals between January 2003 and December 2010, we collated information regarding the gender and nationality of authors, gender of associate editor, gender of reviewers, reviewer recommendations, associate editor's decision, and publication status of the manuscript. We used hierarchical linear modeling to test for differences in manuscript decision outcomes associated with author, reviewer, and associate editor gender. Gender differences were present at some but not every stage of the review process and were not equal among the four journals. Although there was a small gender difference in decision outcomes, we found no evidence of bias in editors’ and reviewers’ recommendations. Our results support the conclusion that the current single-blind review system does not result in bias against female authors within AFS journals.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title An examination of gender differences in the American Fisheries Society peer-review process
Series title Fisheries
DOI 10.1080/03632415.2015.1059824
Volume 40
Issue 9
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher American Fisheries Society
Publisher location Bethesda, MD
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 10 p.
First page 442
Last page 451
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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