Fiona Ingleby, a research fellow at the University of Essex, submitted a paper that she'd co-authored with Megan Head, a postdoctoral researcher at the Australian National University.
Their paper was rejected by the journal PLOS ONE - what makes it noteworthy are the incredibly sexist comments made by their peer reviewer.
Among other things, the reviewer stated that they should include a male author to the paper. It's no small irony that the paper was investigating gender bias in the PhD-Postdoc transition. According to the reviewer, the reason why fewer women have postdocs is to spend 'more time with their children'.
A postdoctoral researcher has spoken out about her “shock and disbelief” at “sexist”, “sarcastic” and “patronising” comments she received in a manuscript review. An anonymous peer reviewer suggests that the paper, written by two female researchers, should include at least one male author to make sure that the data were interpreted correctly, and says that only men have the personality necessary to make it to the top jobs in science. The journal in question said that it regretted the “tone, spirit and content” of the review.