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

Examples of peer review in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time, Google declined to comment, but many experts suspect that an official announcement, with all the bells and whistles of publicity and proper peer review, is imminent. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Quantum Computing Is Coming, Bit by Qubit," 21 Oct. 2019 Fraud like this highlights how science and peer review are largely built on a fundamental trust in the honesty of other researchers. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Two papers that we’ve covered have been retracted—here’s why," 17 Oct. 2019 Google and others have questioned the methodology of the study, which was not peer reviewed by other researchers. Washington Post, "Trump attacks on Google recycle baseless claims," 20 Aug. 2019 Facebook and Social Science One also brought in the Social Science Research Council, an independent nonprofit, to sort through applications and conduct a peer review and an ethical review on research proposals., "As a result, researchers said, the public may have little more insight into disinformation campaigns heading into the 2020 presidential election than they had in 2016.," 30 Sep. 2019 So far, none of these data have been through peer review, and details about the initial findings and interpretations will undoubtedly be tweaked over time. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Mysterious magnetic pulses discovered on Mars," 20 Sep. 2019 The algorithm now faces a formal peer review before publication. Quanta Magazine, "Major Quantum Computing Advance Made Obsolete by Teenager," 31 July 2018 The universe is a violent place:' Black hole collides with neutron star, scientists say The study has been peer reviewed and Do expects it will be published in the journal Astrophysical Letters very soon. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "The black hole at the center of our galaxy just lit up twice as bright as ever. Who knows why," 13 Aug. 2019 Steinhauer's paper is yet to be published, and is up on the pre-publishing platform right now for peer review. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Physicist Creates Lab-Sized "Black Hole"," 26 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of peer review

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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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