Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Now let’s talk about the process of publishing a scientific paper. In general, there are two different methods, peer review and a non-peer review. Peer review is a commonly used method for publishing a scientific paper, and the process is a form of a scientific quality control. That’s why today we will just focus on peer review. The typical process is a group of scientists completes a study and writes it up in the form of an article, and then they submit it to a journal for publication. The second step is after receiving the article, the journal editor sends the article to several other scientists who work in the same field, and it normally is up to three reviewers.
Skip to 1 minute and 3 seconds And those reviewers provide feedback on the article and then tells the editor whether or not they think the study is of high enough quality to be published. If not, the scientist will receive a rejection. If yes, the scientists may then revise their article and resubmit it for consideration. And here I would like to emphasise that only articles that meet a good scientific consensus are accepted for publication.
The process of publishing a scientific paper
Watch this video to understand the various stages of quality assurance that peer reviewed published papers go through.
Does understanding more about the process for publishing a peer reviewed scientific paper change your perception of scientific research and how it is reported in the media?
Non-peer reviewed publication
Sometimes, research results can find their way into the public domain without being peer reviewed, and are spread via newspapers, magazines, the internet, television and radio. They may be unpublished findings presented at press conferences, or published findings from a journal that does not use peer review. Even journals that do use peer review contain some non-peer reviewed content, such as editorials and letters to the editor.