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Author-suggested reviewers : Gender differences and influences on the peer review process at an ecology journal [Functional Ecology]

Keywords : gender bias, peer review, preferred reviewers, scientific publishing

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Peer review is the primary method by which journals evaluate the quality and importance of scientific papers. To help editors find suitable reviewers, many journals allow or require authors to suggest names of preferred and non-preferred reviewers. Though authors know best who is qualified to review their papers, they also have a strong incentive to suggest reviewers that they expect to review their paper positively.
In this study, we examine the reviewers that are suggested as preferred and non-preferred by authors, the use of these author suggestions by editors, and the influence of author-suggestions on the peer review process and outcomes at the journal Functional Ecology. In particular, we examined how gender of the participants (author, editor and reviewer) influences the role of preferred reviewers in the peer review process.(...)

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