Quality Research Through Peer Assessment

  • Mmabaledi SeeletsoEmail author
  • Moeketsi Letseka
Part of the Lecture Notes in Educational Technology book series (LNET)


The chapter explores the notions of quality and/or quality assurance in scholarship through peer assessment or peer review. It takes peer assessment or peer review as critical components of quality control in scholarly publishing. While there is tacit knowledge that philosophically ‘quality’ is a notoriously elusive and value-laden term, there is a consensus that quality presupposes other related notions such as exceptionality, perfection or consistency, ‘fitness-for-purpose’ or ‘value-for-money’. In scholarship peer assessment or peer review is regarded as a dependable anchor for assuring, supporting and maintaining the quality and integrity of the research that gets published. Thus the chapter’s stance is that the peer review or peer-assessment process is critical scholastic pillar in that it acts as a quality control mechanism that ensures that the validity, reliability, veracity and integrity of published research are maintained and assured.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UNESCO Chair on Open Distance (ODL), University of South Africa (UNISA)PretoriaSouth Africa

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