Nature Geoscience will test double-blind peer review

The journal Nature Geoscience has announced they will add double-blind peer review as an option for submitted manuscripts. They based their decision on a survey that showed majority support for this method and the strong possibility of bias against women in science.

This is great news, and I am amazed we still don’t have this option in all journals. I even think it should be mandatory, otherwise already established researchers will keep having an easier time than new researchers, instead of letting the best science talk by itself. Hopefully, the Nature name will provide enough influence for other journals to try this (ironic, I know), in particular if they get enough data to test the hypothesis that double-blind review removes biases.

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