Peer review of journal articles is now the norm in virtually all scientific disciplines. The art of peer review has advanced over the years,and scientific publishing has embraced new thinking. In this editorial,we explore the basics of peer review and options for improving the process. Peer review is the scientific community assessing the worth and meaning of a body of work before it is published. It is the first step in assimilating findings or insights into the worldview of scientific thought and integration into the broader scientific literature. Peer review is not only a quality-assurance mechanism, but also a means by which significant findings or insights are better integrated into the broader sphere of scientific knowledge.
Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health Vol. 63, Issue 1, p. 3-6