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Data from: Gender differences in patterns of authorship do not affect peer review outcomes at an ecology journal

Charles W. Fox, C. Sean Burns, Anna D. Muncy & Jennifer A. Meyer
There is a widespread perception in the academic community that peer review is subject to many biases and can be influenced by the identity and biographic features (such as gender) of manuscript authors. We examined how patterns of authorship differ between men and women, and whether author gender influences editorial and peer review outcomes and/or the peer review process for papers submitted to the journal Functional Ecology between 2010 and 2014. Women represented approximately a...

The influence of the global COVID-19 pandemic on manuscript submissions and editor and reviewer performance at six ecology journals

Charles Fox & Jennifer Meyer
Government policies attempting to slow the spread of COVID-19 have reduced access to research laboratories and shifted many scholars to working from home. These disruptions will likely influence submissions to scholarly journals, and affect the time available for editors and reviewers to participate in peer review. In this editorial we examine how journal submissions, and editorial and peer review processes, have been influenced by the pandemic at six journals published by the British Ecological Society...

Data from: Editor and reviewer gender influence the peer review process but not peer review outcomes at an ecology journal

Charles W. Fox, C. Sean Burns & Jennifer A. Meyer
Lack of diversity on editorial boards might generate disparities in editorial and peer review that contribute to gender and geographic disparities in scholarly publishing. We use a comprehensive data set of the peer review process for all papers submitted to the journal Functional Ecology from January 2004 to June 2014 to examine how gender, seniority and geographic location of editors and reviewers influence reviewer recruitment and scores given to papers by reviewers. The gender ratio...

Data from: Imbalance in individual researcher’s peer review activities quantified for four British Ecological Society Journals, 2003-2010

Owen L. Petchey, Jeremy W. Fox & Lindsay Haddon
Researchers contribute to the scientific peer review system by providing reviews, and “withdraw” from it by submitting manuscripts that are subsequently reviewed. So far as we are aware, there has been no quantification of the balance of individual's contributions and withdrawals. We compared the number of reviews provided by individual researchers (i.e., their contribution) to the number required by their submissions (i.e. their withdrawals) in a large and anonymised database provided by the British Ecological...

Data from: Gender diversity of editorial boards and gender differences in the peer review process at six journals of ecology and evolution.

Charles Fox, Meghan Duffy, Daphne Fairbairn & Jennifer Meyer
Despite substantial progress for women in science, women remain underrepresented in many aspects of the scholarly publication process. We examined how the gender diversity of editors and reviewers changed over time for six journals in ecology and evolution (2003-2015 for four journals, 2007-2015 or 2009-2015 for the other two), and how several aspects of the peer review process differed between female and male editors and reviewers. We found that, for five of the six journals,...

Data from: Author-suggested reviewers: gender differences and influences on the peer review process at an ecology journal

Charles W. Fox, C. Sean Burns, Anna D. Muncy & Jennifer A. Meyer
Peer review is the primary method by which journals evaluate the quality and importance of scientific papers. To help editors find suitable reviewers, many journals allow or require authors to suggest names of preferred and nonpreferred reviewers. Though authors should know best who is qualified to review their papers, they also have a strong incentive to suggest reviewers that they expect to review their paper positively. In this study, we examine the reviewers that are...

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