1. Ensuring the quality of research output

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Evaluating information to assess the quality of scholarly papers as well as other resources is fundamental, not only from a researcher's perspective, but for all stakeholders in academia (i.e. publishers, educators, students).

Analysis and evaluation are, of course, intellectual skills; however, they also form the basis of a scholar's professional conduct as they ensure quality control on research output.

The next chapters will look at various aspects of evaluating information: how to approach information with an open mind, how research can be shaped using different investigation methods, critical appraisal in the medical disciplines and the peer-review process.

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