bias in peer review
JFRUGOLI at BIO.TAMU.EDU
Wed Jun 11 10:08:17 EST 1997
Sue Forsburg said:
>But don't you think that the impact factor is influenced by who you
>how hot the field is, whether you get noticed by a bigshot? And what
>study in Sweden pointed out is that women seem less likely to make
>connections. (I'm being a deliberate devil's advocate here....)
My reading of the study was that women who made those connections only
got boosted to the rank of men who did not-ie, the highest ranked women
were on par with the lowest ranked men, leading to the take home
message that a woman had to produce 2.5 times as much as a man to
receive the same score.
I have to admit I am not only saddened and angered by this study, but by
some of my colleagues who are now pouring over the paper trying to find
an excuse for "why they're wrong". The disbelief by some people that
bias in the system exists makes acceptance of cold fusion look easy!!
visiting grad student at
Texas A&M University
Department of Biological Sciences
College Station, TX 77843
"Evil is best defined as militant ignorance."
Dr. M. Scott Peck
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