Do you sign your peer reviews?

John Hancock
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!

About Jeremy Yoder

Jeremy B. Yoder is an Associate Professor of Biology at California State University Northridge, studying the evolution and coevolution of interacting species, especially mutualists. He is a collaborator with the Joshua Tree Genome Project and the Queer in STEM study of LGBTQ experiences in scientific careers. He has written for the website of Scientific American, the LA Review of Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Awl, and Slate.
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