Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: Deborah C Poff, Alex C. Michalos

Ethical Peer Review

  • Charon A. PiersonEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23514-1_314-1



Peer review is a systematic process of evaluation of work by experts in the relevant field. To be a peer, the experts must be similarly qualified to the originators of a work (e.g., scholars in the same discipline, professors of the same rank, practitioners in the same discipline). The work evaluated could be scholarly manuscripts, grant applications, conference submissions, data, or the clinical activities of professionals such as physicians or teachers. A primary objective of peer review is to improve the quality of work by providing impartial feedback to the originators or implementers of the work. Expectations for the evaluation should be clearly stated but reporting formats can vary from checklists, written summaries, direct observation of work, or other methods appropriate to the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Secretary, COPE CouncilGilbertUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Charon Pierson
    • 1
  1. 1.Secretary for the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)Editor Emeritus of the Journal of the American Association of Nurse PractitionersGilbertUSA