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Article: ‘Sexist’ peer review causes storm online

An anonymous peer reviewer from the journal PLOS ONE wrote a review containing “sexist,” “sarcastic,” and “patronising” comments for a paper written by two female researchers.

The reviewer makes several suggestions to improve the paper. Among them is the comment that it would benefit from “one or two male biologists”. These men should at least give the paper an internal peer review or “better yet” act as co-authors “in order to serve as a possible check against interpretations that may sometimes be drifting too far away from empirical evidence into ideologically biased assumptions”, the reviewer says.

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