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ALL Religion Resource Guide: What is Peer-Reviewed?

A starting point for any religion course at Earlham.

Peer-Reviewed Definition

What is peer-reviewed?

Peer-reviewed (or refereed) articles are published in scholarly journals. Peer-review is a process by which manuscripts are submitted for publication in a scholarly or research journal and are reviewed by subject experts for comment, evaluation, and approval.

For example, researchers write a report about a topic they have studied, and before the report is published, other experts in their field – their peers – edit and fact-check it. After careful revision, the research is eventually published.

So....peer-reviewed articles often go through a revision process after the peer-review and prior to publication.  Because of this thorough process, the audience can be particularly confident that the article contains high-quality, thoughtful information.


For more information, visit:

Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Sources - James Madison University Libraries

Peer Review in 5 Minutes (YouTube video) - libncsu


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