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A study in the current issue of BioScience looks into how author gender, as determined from the name on the manuscript, affects peer review outcome. The researchers took a published ecology paper and changed the author name to appear female, male, have just an initial, or not provide a name. The various versions of the paper were then given to both male and female referees at different stages of their training for review.

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