What is peer review?
The editor of a journal sends the draft to 3 to 5 "peers" or "experts" in that field. The experts review the article and make sure the research has been done ethically, that the data and conclusions are correct, and evaluate it based on criteria of the journal. If it meets these criteria it is published in that journal. Another term for peer-reviewed is "refereed". Think of the expert who reviews articles as a referee, making the call about what is and is not scholarly.For more information, try this video-Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals from Vanderbilt University.
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