Larry Moran follows up on a paper that came out in January in Trends in Ecology & Evolution that concluded there is a systematic bias against papers with female first-authors, and that bias could be removed by a double-blind review process. Since then, another group re-analyzed the data and found that there has been a general increase in female authorship over time -- not due to the implementation of a blinded review. The original authors responded that their study was observational and that their results, then, were subject to other variables. "The problem of sexism in science is serious and needs to be addressed. But it doesn't do anyone any good if one side is supporting their claims with sloppy science," says Moran.
Sexism and Sloppy Science
Jun 16, 2008