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Scientific Papers & Peer-Review:
How do we make sense of scientific research?
Current scientific research is typically published through each field’s academic journals. This allows results to be peer-reviewed (reviewed by other experts in the field for accuracy and authority).
So why read peer-reviewed scientific papers?
- They’re current—reporting the most up-to-date info.
- They’re replicable—good papers will explain the process used to find their results, which can be reproduced by other scientists.
- They show the reasoning behind findings & have conclusions—so readers can evaluate the results.
Open Access Journals
Open Access Journals are research publications which are available freely online without subscription barriers. Many of these journals use peer review to screen their published articles in the same way traditional subscription journals do.
Public Library of Science
“The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource.”
Directory of Open Access Journals: Biology
The Directory of Open Access Journals also includes publications in other science areas, such as geology, chemistry, and physics.
Publisher of over 200 online open access journals.
"PMC is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)."
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