Authors, editors aren’t asking women to peer review as often
Although women make up the majority of students in many fields of science, they’re underrepresented in terms of things like faculty hiring, invitations to conferences, grant awards, and nominations for professional awards. Another professional activity important for career advancement is participating in the peer review process, but, since that’s generally anonymous, it’s harder to track.
A new comment paper published in Nature shows that women are disproportionately underutilized as reviewers. This bias likely results from authors and editors who suggest female reviewers less often.