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Judging double-blinded peer review

Written by Tiffany Garbutt

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Although peer review can be biased when reviewers know the names of study authors, few researchers chose double-blinded peer review when given the option, and of those studies, only a few were actually published. Peer review is an important part of the scientific process, vetting research to ensure its objectivity and validity. Most biological science journals utilize single-blinded peer review, where the reviewers know the authors’ identities, but the authors don’t know the reviewers. This method allows reviewers to evaluate the quality of the work based on the author’s reputation and prior scope of research. However, papers from prestigious authors...

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