The peer review process is a form of quality assurance. During this process, experts in your field consider the merits of your work. They provide journal editors with an impartial decision about whether or not to publish, as well as how to improve an article already accepted for publication.
Methods of peer review.
The reviewers know who the authors are, but the authors do not know who the reviewers are.
|Commonly used in science disciplines|
|Double-blind review||The reviewers do not know who the authors are, and the authors do not know who the reviewers are.||Common in Humanities & Social Sciences|
|Open review||The reviewers are publicly known and the reviews are transparent (can be viewed). *This should not be confused with post-publication peer review where anyone can contribute to the peer review process.||Used across disciplines|
Peer Review Process
This diagram represents the typical double-blind peer review process.
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To be accepted for publication, a paper must contribute to and advance existing knowledge. Reasons for rejection commonly fall into four categories: