What is "Peer Review"?
The peer review process ensures the quality of published scholarship. When a scholar submits a manuscript to a peer reviewed publication, a review panel of other scholars evaluates the paper to determine that the research methodology is sound, prior to publication.
These are the author's peers – recognized leaders in the field who have been asked to sit on the publication's editorial board. After the paper has been reviewed, it may be accepted, sent back for further editing or rejected.
Your professor may ask you to use sources that contain articles that are:
- refereed, or
- peer reviewed.
NOTE: Any of these terms may be used to describe a higher level of quality.
To learn when to use scholarly journals, as opposed to magazines, check out the video on the right.