Double-blind review favours increased representation of female authors

Trends Ecol Evol. 2008 Jan;23(1):4-6. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2007.07.008. Epub 2007 Oct 25.


Double-blind peer review, in which neither author nor reviewer identity are revealed, is rarely practised in ecology or evolution journals. However, in 2001, double-blind review was introduced by the journal Behavioral Ecology. Following this policy change, there was a significant increase in female first-authored papers, a pattern not observed in a very similar journal that provides reviewers with author information. No negative effects could be identified, suggesting that double-blind review should be considered by other journals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Authorship*
  • Bibliometrics
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Ecology
  • Editorial Policies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Peer Review, Research / methods*
  • Sex Distribution