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Double-blind reviewing and gender biases at EvoLang conferences

Cuskley, Christine, Roberts, Seán G., Politzer-Ahles, Stephen and Verhoef, Tessa 2020. Double-blind reviewing and gender biases at EvoLang conferences. Journal of Language Evolution 5 (1) , pp. 92-99. 10.1093/jole/lzz007

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A previous study of reviewing at the Evolution of Language conferences found effects that suggested that gender bias against female authors was alleviated under double-blind review at EvoLang 11. We update this analysis in two specific ways. First, we add data from the most recent EvoLang 12 conference, providing a comprehensive picture of the conference over five iterations. Like EvoLang 11, EvoLang 12 used double-blind review, but EvoLang 12 showed no significant difference in review scores between genders. We discuss potential explanations for why there was a strong effect in EvoLang 11, which is largely absent in EvoLang 12. These include testing whether readability differs between genders, though we find no evidence to support this. Although gender differences seem to have declined for EvoLang 12, we suggest that double-blind review provides a more equitable evaluation process.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 2058-4571
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 June 2020
Date of Acceptance: 3 September 2019
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2020 05:23

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