Double-blind peer review – list of journals

Subconscious discrimination against member of underrepresented groups, such as women, is incredibly common in educational and academic settings. Elementary school teachers grade math tests more harshly when they believe that the tests have been taken by girls. And, much later in life, a female researcher’s manuscript is more likely to be accepted for publication in a refereed journal if the reviewers do not know her gender. This occurs during “double-blind review,” in which an author does not know the names of reviewers, and reviewers do not know the names of authors.

Double-blind review allows reviewers to focus on the content of the research that they are evaluating, rather than the identity (institutional affiliation, demographic attributes, etc.) of the researcher who produced the work.

A few journals have started to use double-blind review lately, but the practice generally seems to be catching on rather slowly. And while it’s easy to find lists online of journals in a given field along with the journals’ publishers or impact factors, I’m not aware of any list of journals that includes the use of double-blind review.

So I am trying to compile a list of journals and funding sources in the life sciences that will include whether each journal/funding source always, never, or sometimes uses double-blind review. This information isn’t always readily available so I would greatly appreciate any tips on which journals use double-blind review – please send me an e-mail at schachat@stanford.edu to help. Thank you!

OA – Open Access

FP – For-profit publisher (Wiley, Elsevier, Springer, etc.)

DB – Double-blind

JOURNAL Mandatory OA FP DB review
Behavioral Ecology No No Yes
Conservation Biology No Yes Yes
Ecology and Society Yes, $975 No Yes
Entomological Research No Yes Yes
Nature No Kind of Optional
Palaeontologia Electronica Yes, $0 No Yes
PeerJ Yes, $695 Yes No
PLoS ONE Yes, $1,495 No No