Study finds bias in peer review

By Janet Raloff, 15:54 PM April 15, 2008

Researchers have found evidence of bias when scientists review data and the researcher's name and affiliation are available to the reviewers.

The survey focused on some 67,000 research abstracts submitted to the American Heart Association (AHA) between 2000 and 2004. Experts in the field annually review the abstracts and deem about 30 percent of them acceptable for presentation at the organization's annual meeting.

Beginning in 2002, AHA changed its review process so that authors' names and af...

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