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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Good grief

Sexist Peer Reviewer Suggests Study Needs Male Authors
In woefully ironic turn of events, the reviewer of a rejected, solely female-authored manuscript examining gender bias in academia recommended that the scientists add in a couple of men to their team to make their research more scientifically robust.

“It would probably also be beneficial to find one or two male biologists to work with (or at least obtain internal peer review from, but better yet as active co-authors), in order to serve as a possible check against interpretations that may sometimes be drifting too far away from empirical evidence into ideologically biased assumptions,” the anonymous reviewer wrote.
Because, of course, the gender of an author matters more than the evidence or methodology.

UPDATE: PLOS ONE ousts reviewer, editor after sexist peer-review storm. Good.

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