Answered By: Paul Streby Last Updated: Jun 08, 2016 Views: 1034
Peer review (also called "refereeing") is the process in which a scholar's work is reviewed by experts (i.e. referees) in a field before being accepted for publication (in the case of journals). Many people give more credence to journal articles that have gone through a peer review process because they have been reviewed by experts in the field (rather than just an editor as is the case of a newspaper or magazine) before being accepted for publication. For more information see our Understanding Journals guide.