- 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…