Q. What does peer-reviewed mean?
Peer-review is a process that journals use to ensure the articles they publish represent the best scholarship and research currently available. Here's how it works:
- When an article is submitted to a peer reviewed journal, the editors send it out to other scholars in the same field for their opinion on the quality of the scholarship, its relevance to the field, its appropriateness for the journal, etc.
- The scholars reviewing the submitted article make critiques, which are sent back to the author
- Once the author makes the suggested corrections, their article is accepted by the journal and published
Peer-review is not a perfect system, but it's the best one we've got for ensuring that research that is published and shared is high-quality.
Please view the following video for a detailed description of peer-reviewed journal articles.