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Literature search: Peer review

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What is peer review?

If an article is peer-reviewed, you can assume the reliability and quality of the information. In many bibliographic files you can indicate in your search that you only want peer-reviewed articles.

Peer review is a form of quality assessment. The English word "peer" ("equal") in this context is best translated by "co-researcher". A peer review is therefore an assessment by a colleague. Peer reviewers assess whether an article meets certain requirements, such as originality, accessibility and a solid foundation for the results. All scientific journals work with such a system to guarantee the quality of the articles included in that journal.

(Source: Information literacy: The peer review process, University of Groningen)


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