Research essentials

Responding to, and learning from, peer review feedback

Peer review is the evaluation of work by one or more people of similar competence, or who have expertise in the same area of practice.
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Peer review is the evaluation of work by one or more people of similar competence, or who have expertise in the same area of practice

What is peer review in research?

Peer review is the process of assessing the scientific quality of a research proposal, research report and/or paper by an independent expert, usually an academic or clinical expert.

Why is peer review important?

Peer review is a central component of health care and professional practice, and can include:

  • Self-regulation, for example as part of the revalidation process.
  • Evaluation of the standards of patient care by a group of professionals, such as the Care Quality Commission.
  • Scholarly activities that can include critical appraisal of textbooks and journal articles.
  • Research reviews, including proposals and grant application, ethics committee reviews, and research findings.
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