peer review


: a process by which something proposed (as for research or publication) is evaluated by a group of experts in the appropriate field
peer-review transitive verb

Examples of peer review in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Few offer any attempt at statistical analyses of their predictions or peer review of their methods. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 30 Aug. 2023 The second major issue the researchers point to is the ways commercial LLM releases have avoided the peer review process. IEEE Spectrum, 27 July 2023 The researchers posted their results, which are under peer review at a medical journal, to the medical preprint database Maggie Scales,, 23 Aug. 2023 The important thing is that these scholars are not involved in the peer review of their own work. Manon Bischoff, Scientific American, 28 July 2023 But most of those big hauls are because of evidence of activity by paper mills, which sell authorships, faked peer reviews and entire manuscripts to authors desperate to publish. Ivan Oransky, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2023 Tools such as peer review in scientific journals and fact-checking ensure meritocracy, reliability, and self-correction. Adam Bly and Amy Brand,, 7 Aug. 2023 And a recent discovery—posted on the preprint server arXiv and awaiting peer review—is hopefully going to make that process easier than ever. Jackie Appel, Popular Mechanics, 1 Aug. 2023 The observation is described in two papers—one published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters in early June and another currently under peer review—both led by Tiger Yu-Yang Hsiao, a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University. Syris Valentine, Scientific American, 11 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of peer review was in 1969

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“Peer review.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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