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Peer Review

Peer Review

- when psychological research is subject to independant scrutiny by other psychologists who are experts in the field.

- happens before publication and identifies poor research and only allows the best to be published.

- work is either published, rejected or revised in some way

What do peers do?

- asses work for validity, significance and originality 

- appropriateness of research design

- ethical issues

- sampling techniques

- operationalisation of variables

- potential sources of bias

- reliability, validity and interpretation of findings

- appropriateness of conclusions

- statistcal analysis appropriate

Why is peer review important?

- checks if work is methodologically sound, valid and does not involve plagiarism

- researchers have referred to relevant research by other psychologists

- findings are novel, interesting and relevant and add to the knowledge of


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