The Peer Review Process starts with the researcher.
- The researcher writes a paper and submits it to the editor of a journal.
- The editor determines whether the article is of sufficient quality and appropriate content. He will either reject or accept it. If he accepts the article, he gives it to the reviewers.
- These reviewers have specialized knowledge of the subject area and are often times researchers themselves.
- They review the article for quality of research. Their goal istofind any gaps in reasoning and to ensure that nothing has been overlooked.
- The article is returned to the editor along with a recommendation to either reject the article, revise it or accept it.
- The article is returned to the researcher along with the reviewers feedback and any requests for revision. She will?have to revise the article and resubmit it.
- The editor receives the revised article and makes the final decision to publish or not, taking into consideration the reviewers feedback.
- End Result: Publication!