What is peer review?
Your professor might require you to use peer-reviewed articles for your research paper or project. Why is that? Scholarly journals strive to make sure any article that appears in their publication is of high quality and adds to the literature in that field. To accomplish this, they use a peer review process. This process takes months, or sometimes years!
Authors thoroughly research their subject, write an article, and submit their article to a journal. The editor of the journal forwards the article to other experts in that subject area for peer review. Reviewers evaluate the submission for accuracy and quality, and suggest either revisions or rejection based on the quality of research and writing. The peer-review process is used in both traditional and open access journal publishing.
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