Do you sign your peer reviews?

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Update: The survey is now closed! Thanks to everyone who participated—I’ll post the results soon.

Yesterday John Stanton-Geddes e-mailed me and Tim Vines to ask about writing a post, or a series of posts, on the question of whether or not scientists should sign the reviews they write for papers submitted to scientific journals. I got the e-mail within, I think, about 30 minutes of seeing that Terry McGlynn had tackled just that topic in a new post over at Small Pond Science. So this seems to be a topic worth discussing!

But it occurred to me that it’d be nice to have a sense of the consensus (or lack thereof) within our general field of evolutionary ecology, as background for that discussion. So I’ve set up a Google Docs poll to ask our readers: do you sign your peer reviews? It’s seven quick questions, and the last one is a chance to volunteer your contribution to an upcoming discussion of anonymity and peer review. Go here to tell us what you think. Thanks in advance!

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About Jeremy Yoder

Jeremy Yoder is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Minnesota. He also blogs at Denim and Tweed and Nothing in Biology Makes Sense!, and tweets under the handle @jbyoder.
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