What is Peer review: Definition and 28 Discussions

Peer review is the evaluation of work by one or more people with similar competencies as the producers of the work (peers). It functions as a form of self-regulation by qualified members of a profession within the relevant field. Peer review methods are used to maintain quality standards, improve performance, and provide credibility. In academia, scholarly peer review is often used to determine an academic paper's suitability for publication. Peer review can be categorized by the type of activity and by the field or profession in which the activity occurs, e.g., medical peer review.

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  1. E

    I Questions about submitting papers for peer review

    Do papers done without the math get approved? I've got some ideas about how the universe works but I've just focused on intuitively understanding how GR works and never got interested in the math end until now that I'm finished. Or should I just focus on that part now?
  2. J

    Breaking Into the Field: Re-evaluating Advice Given

    You all said that the conceptualization was the easy part, and explaining it mathematically and in a model was the hard part. You said do the math and create the model. So I did. What you didn't mention was the math and the model was also the easy part. The hard part is A)Getting your work peer...
  3. Demystifier

    Double blind peer review winners and losers

    Double blind peer review is a process in which not only the author does not know the name of the reviewer (which is the standard practice), but also the reviewer does not know the name of the author (which is not a standard practice). What would happen if the scientific community suddenly...
  4. Dadface

    The pros and cons of pop science

    When anyone on PF gets involved in a debate and uses pop science to back up their argument their opinion is usually immediately rejected on the grounds that pop science as a source is unreliable and lacking in the necessary detail. Only peer reviewed works are accepted and in general that's...
  5. DrClaude

    Monument to peer review unveiled in Moscow

  6. jedishrfu

    News Can Crowdsourcing Enhance the Quality of Scientific Peer Review?

  7. Dadface

    Can arXiv papers be considered as reliable sources of information?

    Is it correct to assume that, in general, authors who have papers accepted by arXiv eventually try to get their work published in a journal? If so what should we make of arXiv papers which apparently do not get accepted by any journals? Should we take those papers as seriously as we would take a...
  8. P

    News Macchiarini - peer review cannot deal with lies

    Maybe you saw the piece about this star surgeon's personal life in Vanity Fair, mythomaniac lies about getting married by the Pope, Putin and the Obamas attending. If it is too good to be true, it probably ain't true. The guy has a base in Sweden, at Karolinska Institutet, the home of the Nobel...
  9. K

    Improve ways to recognise good research papers

    Hi everyone, good day to you. A friend and I think that the process of writing a papers (especially in sciences and maths) are rather troublesome due to the following reason: 1. Long journal review process 2. Selection of papers to be published are not transparent, a few negative reviews can...
  10. mfb

    Is the peer review process vulnerable to fake reviews?

    Publisher retracts 64 articles for fake peer reviews Apparently some journals let paper authors suggest reviewers - including their email addresses. How could this possibly go wrong? 230 in three years is probably just the tip of the iceberg. I wonder how many more pass with more subtle fake...
  11. Jess H. Brewer

    Who is Jess Brewer and What is Her Fascinating Field of Study?

    Hi, I'm a retired (since 2011) Physics prof from the University of British Columbia. I originally set out to get a PhD in Physics to increase my credibility as a science fiction writer, but I discovered a field* that was so cool it was like being a character in my own SF novel. In short, I got...
  12. H

    Is Open Access Publishing a Threat to Academic Integrity?

    Is peer review legitament anymore? I was having a discussion with a friend of mine regarding academia. He was explaining to me why he left with a masters as opposed to a PhD (his original plan). One major reason he cited was how political and unscientific publishing in journals has become. I did...
  13. M

    Referees missed error in submitted paper

    I recently submitted a paper to a respectable journal. After submission, I discovered a few errors in my paper, one of which is quite serious. I have the corrected expressions and plots and I've checked that they are in agreement with the overall theory (as presented in other papers). My...
  14. A

    Is My Peer Review Taking Longer Than Usual?

    I sent a paper in for peer review to the journal "General Relativity and Gravitation" 30/10 2011. On 12/11 2011 they sent it out for peer review. Then 5/12 2011 they sent it out for peer review again, obviously one of the referees could not make up his mind or something so they sent it to a...
  15. K

    Where Can I Find Free Peer Review Services for Research Papers?

    Hi Does anybody know any free peer review services for research papers? Does physical review letters have a free peer review service? Thanks
  16. T

    Peer Review: Time Mechanics Unification Theory

    I currently have a "Fringe" Unification theory called Time Mechanics available for view on youtube. There are certain elements I would like peer challenged and as well new challenges I may not of considered yet. My question is before I take the 6 hour road trip to UVA, is there anywhere I can...
  17. marcus

    Prof and grad students discuss Peer Review of scientific journal articles

    Highly informative discussion It's in a foreign language but that's OK because there are excellent subtitles. I decided to remove URL because may be too controversial, but will try to give googlesearch keywords
  18. Pythagorean

    Peer Review Process and Bad Scientific Articles

    Is there a compendium of peer-reviewed journals that have been shown to be wrong? I've heard of scientific journals that only have required two reviewers. How often does rubbish get by; not just typos and simple mistakes, but fundamentally unsound rubbish? Is there a remedy process for...
  19. Mk

    Climate paper peer review scandal?

    http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=18512 Here's the short story: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/09/29/yamal_scandal/ And the long detailed one: http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2009/9/29/the-yamal-implosion.html
  20. S

    Is the Peer Review Process Biased?

    Evo asked in another thread https://www.physicsforums.com/showpost.php?p=2079435&postcount=54 The short answer is no. The reviewers are human and subject to human bias. Bias is an intrinsic part of human nature. Scientific reviewers are not immune. The peer review process is not perfect...
  21. A

    Exploring Criticisms of the Peer Review System

    Recently I found a couple of articles that are critical of the peer review process. What are your thoughts about them? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/science/sciencenews/3326091/Peer-review-the-myth-of-the-noble-scientist.html Article2
  22. mheslep

    When Peer Review Fails NIF Debacle

    "When Peer Review Fails" NIF Debacle Anyone have or seen comments on C.E. Paine, M. McKinzie, T.B. Cochran, "When Peer Review Fails The Roots of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) Debacle", 2000 http://www.nrdc.org/nuclear/nif2/nif2inx.asp Some primary criticisms: -Cost escallation...
  23. Mallignamius

    Is peer review in science flawed due to the popular equals correct fallacy?

    Is the scientific world, being based on peer review, in need of an overhaul for being based on a logical fallacy that "popular equals correct"? I'm only asking because someone is telling me not to trust the majority of scientists on a specific issue, namely second hand smoking. I don't really...
  24. V

    The Astronomy Peer Review Process

    SpaceTiger's Note: Taken from https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=130680" Sorry, this question is somewhat off-topic, but aren't the arxiv.org-papers peer-reviewed?
  25. Andre

    Peer Review: Objective or Subjective?

    The scientific methods as developed by several philologists like Carl Popper provide objective tools for developing new hypothesis and theories. That’s theory though but far from daily practice where subjective elements play a role, making science rather conservative. Apparently it’s very hard...
  26. Ε

    Peer Review Journals: How Do They Work Today?

    Excuse the lay question, but how do peer review journals work these days, with the advent of the internet? I've seen people post arxiv articles; is that peer reviewed? Are there any worth subscribing to? Which ones are considered the most professional?
  27. RadiationX

    I need some peer review of this problem

    find the radius and interval of convergence of: \sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{(-1)^{(n+1)}nx^n}{2^n} the radius is x<2 and the interval is [-2,2) are these two answers correct?