The Concept of “Peer Reviewing”

  • Peter Spyns
  • María-Esther Vidal


This chapter presents an overview of what peer reviewing is about. The role, function, and importance of peer reviewing in science are succinctly described. The apparent advantages of the peer reviewing process and its main flaws are presented. In addition, novel trends that improve the current practice of peer reviewing are sketched. After having read this chapter, a reader should be familiar with the purpose of peer reviewing, be able to understand its current functioning, assess its strengths and weaknesses, as well as reflect on recent attempts to enhance the process.


Program Committee Quality Control Process European Research Area Scientific Fraud Qualitative Paper 
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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Spyns
    • 1
  • María-Esther Vidal
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Economy, Science and InnovationFlemish GovernmentBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentUniversidad Simón BolívarBaruta, CaracasVenezuela

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