Uptake and outcome of manuscripts in Nature journals by review model and author characteristics.
Research integrity and peer review
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McGillivray, B., & De Ranieri, E. (2018). Uptake and outcome of manuscripts in Nature journals by review model and author characteristics.. Research integrity and peer review, 3 5. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41073-018-0049-z
Double-blind peer review has been proposed as a possible solution to avoid implicit referee bias in academic publishing. The aims of this study are to analyse the demographics of corresponding authors choosing double blind peer review, and to identify differences in the editorial outcome of manuscripts depending on their review model. Data includes 128,454 manuscripts received between March 2015 and February 2017 by 25 Nature-branded journals. Author uptake for double-blind was 12%. We found a small but significant association between journal tier and review type. We found no statistically significant difference in the distribution of peer review model between males and females. We found that corresponding authors from the less prestigious institutions are more likely to choose double-blind review. In the ten countries with the highest number of submissions, we found a small but significant association between country and review type. The outcome at both first decision and post review is significantly more negative (i.e. a higher likelihood for rejection) for double than single-blind papers. Authors choose double-blind review more frequently when they submit to more prestigious journals, they are affiliated with less prestigious institutions or they are from specific countries; the double-blind option is also linked to less successful editorial outcomes.
EPSRC grant EP/N510129/1
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s41073-018-0049-z
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