How Science Works

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Process of Science

Do they buy it?

Justly or not, the health of a scientist's career is often assessed by the frequency of his or her publications, and the prestige of the journals in which they appear. To get published in the most well-regarded scientific journals, research is subject to peer review—in other words, the research must be reviewed and approved by others in the field before it can be published. After publication, an informal peer-review process continues as other scientists cite and respond to the published results.