What is in a name

A learned reader points to a gender analysis of medical journal peer reviewers (in The Lancet) that found blokes do the bulk of reviewing. Jacob Steinberg (Albert Einstein College of Medicine) and colleagues identified the most common female and male names of reviewers per journal as used them as a proxy for the gender split. They found that 19 per cent of reviewers for nine prominent journals were women.

Women made up just 10 per cent of reviewers for The Lancet. Despite 62 per cent of paediatricians being women only 28 per cent of reviewers for the journal Paediatrics were female.


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