Peer Review is a process that journals use to ensure that the articles they publish represent the best scholarship available. When an article is submitted, the editors send it out to other scholars in the same field (i.e., the author's peers) to get their opinion on its quality and relevance to the field of study. This review by the author's peers determines whether or not the article is published.
Most research databases provide a way to limit search results to scholarly or peer-reviewed material, also known as 'refereed.'
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