Persistent nepotism in peer-review
Selected Papers Presented at the 9th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators
First Online: 28 November 2007 Received: 12 February 2007 DOI:
10.1007/s11192-008-0211-3 Cite this article as: Sandström, U. & Hällsten, M. Scientometrics (2008) 74: 175. doi:10.1007/s11192-008-0211-3 Abstract
In a replication of the high-profile contribution by Wennerås and Wold on grant peer-review, we investigate new applications processed by the medical research council in Sweden. Introducing a normalisation method for ranking applications that takes into account the differences between committees, we also use a normalisation of bibliometric measures by field. Finally, we perform a regression analysis with interaction effects. Our results indicate that female principal investigators (PIs) receive a bonus of 10% on scores, in relation to their male colleagues. However, male and female PIs having a reviewer affiliation collect an even higher bonus, approximately 15%. Nepotism seems to be a persistent problem in the Swedish grant peer review system.
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