GrrlScientist blogs about a recent paper in Trends in Ecology & Evolution that studied the single-blind peer review process to see how female scientists fared under that system versus a double-blind system. They looked at papers published in Behavioral Ecology between 1997 and 2005 since, in 2001, the journal shifted from single-blind peer review to double-blind. After the shift, female first-author papers increased by nearly 8 percent.

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According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

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