Addressing bias and knowledge gaps regarding race and ethnicity in neonatology manuscript review

J Perinatol. 2022 Nov;42(11):1546-1549. doi: 10.1038/s41372-022-01420-7. Epub 2022 Jun 6.


A recent shift in public attention to racism, racial disparities, and health equity have resulted in an abundance of calls for relevant papers and publications in academic journals. Peer-review for such articles may be susceptible to bias, as subject matter expertise in the evaluation of social constructs, like race, is variable. From the perspective of researchers focused on neonatal health equity, we share our positive and negative experiences in peer-review, provide relevant publicly available data regarding addressing bias in peer-review from 12 neonatology-focused journals, and give recommendations to address bias and knowledge gaps in the peer review process of health equity research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ethnicity
  • Health Equity*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Neonatology*
  • Racism*