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 results will go through an independent ethics review and a peer review process and be submitted for review and publication in a leading scientific journals, Dyck said. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "UFC teams with Aurora Cannabis on CBD study in fighters," 25 July 2019 NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute teams were selected by peer review from 24 competitive proposals. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cal State San Marcos on team receiving NASA grant," 18 July 2019 But today’s scholarly system of sharing knowledge evolved over hundreds of years and contains certain qualities – peer review of accuracy, editorial judgment, long-term preservation – that still matter deeply. Mackenzie Smith, The Conversation, "University of California’s showdown with the biggest academic publisher aims to change scholarly publishing for good," 15 July 2019 Porcarelli has been a partner in the Law Offices of Frank F. Daily since 2011 and serves on the Attorney Grievance Commission peer review committee. Luke Broadwater,, "Maryland Gov. Hogan appoints 3 judges in Baltimore County," 10 July 2019 And so far, Ms. Wolf, who earned a doctorate in English literature from Oxford in 2015, has been fighting back with a strategy that mixes the genteel traditions of scholarly peer review with crisis management. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Her Book in Limbo, Naomi Wolf Fights Back," 9 July 2019 Barone said the peer review’s concerns were taken into account and used to improve this year’s study. Kathleen Mcwilliams,, "Traffic stop disparity cited in Wethersfield in statewide report released two months after fatal police shooting of Anthony ‘Chulo’ Vega Cruz," 25 June 2019 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

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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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