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Throughout your time in college you’ll be asked to write papers where you will need to cite peer reviewed articles. Your professors may ask you to find scholarly, academic, or peer-reviewed articles. These are all synonyms for the peer-review process. This is the process of evaluating scientific, academic, or professional work by others working in the same field with similar credentials. For example, if a psychologist tries to get a paper published in the field of psychology, when they submit to a journal for publication they’re going to put that paper through that peer reviewed process and have others in the field of psychology read through their work for accuracy. When an item is peer reviewed it means it has gone through this rigorous review process of essentially being fact checked by others in the field to make sure that the paper doesn’t have falsified or misleading information.
This peer reviewed process does a lot of the work of checking for accuracy for you and is often viewed as the gold star of information. Watch the video below for more information.