European Science Editing 49: e90942, doi: 10.3897/ese.2023.e90942
Reducing the risk of bias in academic publishing
expand article infoNguyen Hoang Thien
‡ Ho Chi Minh City University of Education, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Open Access
The risk of bias in academic publishing is present from the first stages of the publishing process when the author creates an account and submits the manuscript, which becomes subject to the rights and power of journal editors. The author’s disclosure of certain personal information risks exposing him/her to biases for or against certain groups of authors. To reduce these potential biases, reviewers and editors involved in the assessment of author works should be prevented from accessing authors’ information until the final decision regarding publication has been made. Some information, such as authors’ ORCID details, can be requested after the article is accepted for publication. Standardizing appeal procedures and establishing protocols for handling author appeals is a necessary step in the effort to reduce publication bias. Regulations for the cover letter to editor should also be put in place to ensure that authors’ personal information is not disclosed, either explicitly or implicitly.
Academic publishing, authors, bias, editors, reviewers