It is easy to make excuses – the legacy of historic racism is so strong that there are not a lot of senior Black scientists to choose from, and those that have survived the gauntlet are in demand and overcommitted, and so on and so forth. But these excuses are lame.
New approach to peer review proves popular with authors, with very similar acceptance rates for male and female last authors, but with higher acceptance rates for late-career researchers compared to their early- and mid-career colleagues.
In an era in which evidence is being disregarded, scientists need to speak up in support of the pursuit for truth. If we do not successively train our youth to distinguish between truth and falsehood, we are at risk of raising a new generation unused to recognizing truth as derived from evidence.