Peer review, also known as the Referee process, happens in all parts of academia. It is especially important in the sciences because the peer reviewed journal article is the primary source of new information and discoveries in the sciences. Peer review has developed over many years as the primary system to make sure accurate, reliable and original research findings are published in the journal literature. The video "Peer Review in 3 Minutes" offers a quick explanation of the peer review process.
First make sure it IS a research article. Not every article in a journal is about research, they can include editorials, book reviews and other types of articles.
To verify the peer reviewed aspect of a journal several options are available to you:
Features of scholarly articles:
A peer-reviewed article has been reviewed by experts in the field before publication, to ensure that it meets the standards of the field.
Be aware: an item published in an academic journal will not always be peer-reviewed. Some Academic journals also publish items such as editorials or a note from the editor.
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