Before I delve into “The Secret” I thought I’d post about a recent news item that’s cropped up a few times in my daily internet rummagings. One representation of the story can be found here.
Suffice it to say that, recently, some journals have been testing out double-blind peer reviews for publishing, because someone noticed that journals with double-blind methods had a higher percentage of female authors represented in the research than non-double-blind journals. Some journals have tried the double-blind method and found that, shortly after, the number of female authors being published suddenly increased. Note that they ruled out an increase of females in the field.
Maybe more females bothered to submit because they thought they had a better chance? That’s possible, but it’s a more complicated explanation than that perhaps there was just some simple, run-of-the-mill sexism going on – whether on purpose or not – considering the history of apparent sexism in other areas of science (grants, evaluations, credit for work, etc).
Haven’t we moved away from this “boys club” nonsense yet? Sadly we haven’t. Tsk tsk, scientists. If I can’t trust you, who can I trust? :(