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What is a “refereed”journal?

Last Updated: May 19, 2015  |  21 Views

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Saying that a journal is “refereed” or “peer-reviewed” means that the articles published in that journal have been reviewed for content accuracy and clarity by experts in the article’s field before being published. More specifically:

"A peer-reviewed journal is one that has submitted most of its published articles for review by experts who are not part of the editorial staff. The numbers and kinds of manuscripts sent for review, the number of reviewers, the reviewing procedures and the use made of the reviewers’ opinions may vary, and therefore each journal should publicly disclose its policies in the Instructions to Authors for the benefit of readers and potential authors."  (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals, 2001)

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