One of the things that determines success in science careers is the opinion ~three peer reviewers have about your manuscript as offered up for publication in a given journal.
Hopefully I do not have to rehash the way that journal identify of a scientist's published work affects career success.
Hopefully I do not have to rehash the way that bias creeps into what otherwise is supposed to be objective analysis.
And let us leave your well-intentioned, but hopelessly naive calls for blinded peer review aside until that nirvana is reached.
Do you think about reviewer diversity at all? Many journals publish a year-end list of all reviewers (these don't say how many each reviewer wrote, of course). Have you ever scanned them for, say, gender balance? If you are an AE or EIC....does diversity* concern you?
On the author side, would you work to ensure your suggestions for potential reviewers are not biased? Do you ask for about as many women as men? Does ethnic or other minority characteristic of your suggestions play a role?
I'm guessing the answer is no?
I have taken to trying to suggest equal numbers of male and female reviewers when I submit a manuscript. This is pretty simple in my fields of work, so long as you think about it.
Other forms of representation? Not really possible, is my first thought. But....now I'm thinking about it. Maybe I'll put a few people on my usual lists that I do not typically consider.
And when I get a chance I'm going to go through those published reviewer lists. I'm curious how the journals I think of as being in my field are doing.
Scitweeps: Do you make sure your reviewer suggestions are gender balanced?
— Drug Monkey (@drugmonkeyblog) February 25, 2016
*Editorial boards are another place to look, those are published.