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Publication - Dr Sean Roberts

    Double-blind reviewing and gender biases at EvoLang conferences

    an update


    Cuskley, C, Roberts, SG, Politzer-Ahles, S & Verhoef, T, 2019, ‘Double-blind reviewing and gender biases at EvoLang conferences: an update’. Journal of Language Evolution.


    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 EvoLang11. We update this analysis in two specific ways. First, we add data from the most recent EvoLang12 conference, providing a comprehensive picture of the conference over five iterations. Like EvoLang11, EvoLang12 used double-blind review, but EvoLang12 showed no significant difference in review scores between genders. We discuss potential explanations for why there was a strong effect in EvoLang11 which is largely absent in EvoLang12. These include testing whether readability differs between genders, though we find no evidence to support this. Although gender differences seem to have declined for EvoLang12, we suggest that double-blind review provides a more equitable evaluation process.

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