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IOP Publishing to adopt double-blind peer review for all journals -

IOP Publishing (IOPP) is proposing to move all its owned journals to double-blind peer review, making it the first physics publisher to adopt the approach portfolio-wide.

The move is part of IOPP’s dedication to tackle the significant gender, racial and geographical under-representation in the scholarly publishing process. Double-blind peer review – where the reviewer and author identities are concealed – has the potential to reduce bias with respect to gender, race, country of origin or affiliation which should lead to a more equitable system.

In 2017, IOPP began offering double-blind as an option on Materials Research Express and Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express in response to a growing author demand for the approach. The scheme saw very positive feedback, with most authors reporting it to be fairer than single-blind peer review. Since then three more IOPP journals have begun offering authors a choice of double-blind peer review and there are increasing calls from the academic community to go further.

The rollout will be phased, with the first journals moving to exclusively double-blind peer review by the end of 2020. The aim will be to transition the full portfolio of IOPP-owned journals by the end of 2021.

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