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Gender bias of reviewers revealed

A gender bias in how scholars review and rate scientific studies may make it harder for women to succeed in academic science, according a research team led by Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick from The Ohio State University.

The results, which appeared online in the journal Science Communication on 3 April, show that the gender of a researcher can have a significant impact on how other researchers perceive his or her work.

Graduate students of both genders working in communication showed significant bias against study abstracts that they read whose authors had female names versus male names, the study found. They gave higher ratings to the exact same abstracts when the authors were identified with male names.

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