peer review


Definition of peer review

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

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peer-review \ ˈpir-​ri-​ˈvyü How to pronounce peer-review (audio) \ transitive verb

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The report wasn’t peer reviewed and only considered some of the administration’s policies, while leaving out others including tariffs. Josh Mitchell, WSJ, "White House Predicts Deregulation Will Boost Household Incomes," 28 June 2019 That’s why there is a peer review process for empirical studies before they are published in journals. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "We have access to more data than ever—why do we get so much of it wrong?," 20 June 2019 He was repeatedly named one of the Best Lawyers in America by peer review and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from his peers in the New Haven Bar Association., "Anthony M. Fitzgerald," 7 June 2019 But ideological conformity makes peer review a far thinner defense than advertised. Alex Berenson, WSJ, "Weeding Out Dubious Marijuana Science," 5 May 2019 The scientist on Wednesday said his research had been submitted for peer review to an academic journal, without giving more details. Preetika Rana, WSJ, "Second Woman Implanted With Genetically Modified Embryo, Scientist Says," 28 Nov. 2018 Someone will have to pay for the peer review, and the staff that runs the journals. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Europe has a plan to force academic publishers to make research free to read," 24 Sep. 2018 The new study, published on the ArXiv and awaiting peer review, claims the discovery of an additional four interstellar asteroids, with the possibility of discovering hundreds more in the future. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "There Could Be Hundreds of Interstellar Asteroids Lurking in Our Solar System," 3 Dec. 2018 Data from the vehicles was used to produce a peer reviewed, scientific study on air pollution levels in Oakland. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Google Street View cars to be outfitted with pollution sensors to measure US, Europe air quality," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of peer review

1969, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of peer review

: a process by which a scholarly work (such as a paper or a research proposal) is checked by a group of experts in the same field to make sure it meets the necessary standards before it is published or accepted

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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