I’m going through the training that Purdue requires before I submit any research protocols to the Institutional Review Board. It’s good to care about your faculty doing ethical research, but I confess it is taking FOREVER.
So I’m reading the part on the problems with peer review, and I come across this chestnut:
Gender bias may occur in reviewing.
Okay, so far so good, I think. Maybe this is an enlightened group of folks writing this who are aware of the research that says that reviewers are biased against manuscripts authored by people with identifiably female names. I continue to read:
Some studies show that female authors were accepted more by female reviewers than by male reviewers.
Well, crap. I am now appalled that they framed it as though it was the bias of the women reviewers towards women authors, and not the bias of many men AND women reviewers against women authors!
So I was going to turn this into a big long chewy blog post, referring to all kinds of fab literature on gender bias and publication and so forth. But then I found that Zuska had done it for me. Thanks, Zuska! Instead it will be a mere appetizer to whet your appetite for Zuska’s post instead.
My opinion, however, remains that this particular statement in the online training is stupid.