Renewable Energies Knowledge - Transfer Network
The Peer Review Process

The project's top feature is the quality assurance of the provided materials by a scientific review process. The objects are certified by internationally recognized scientists and experts and are then given a quality seal to certify a scientifically justified description.

Peer Review Committee

The process is realized by the so called Peer Review committee. Each field of technology (wind, photovoltaic, bio energy, etc.) has its own committee.


The Peer Review Assistant decides if the object submitted by the author meets all the basic REnKnow.Net requirements. If this is the case, then the metadata are to be checked for completeness and accuracy, completed and finally transmitted to the Area Organizer responsible for content.

Area Organizer

Every field of technology has an Area Organizer. He is responsible for assigning the object to two independently-acting peer reviewers.

Peer Reviewer

Peer Reviewers are experts in at least one of the fields of technology mentioned above. They carry out the actual work in the Peer Review Process, assessing the objects based on the REnKnow.Net criteria. If necessary, they are able to forward constructive criticism to the author. If both Peer Reviewers agree, then the object receives the "Peer Reviewed Stamp".

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The Peer Review Process at a Glance (flowchart)

The Peer Review process is illustrated in the flowchart below. The flowchart shows the process from the upload of an object by an author to the awarding of the "Peer Reviewed Stamp" (dark green).

It shows how the object is to be dealt with - whether it does not get the vote from both Peer reviewers (red) or whether it is to be categorized as "external peer reviewed" (light green) in advance.

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Peer Review Criteria

Quality of content

The content of an object must meet the scientific demands. That means that the specialist content is correct, complete and comprehensible. Sources must also be complete and correctly noted. Results and data must also be presented in an accurate and suitable manner.

Practical use

High practical use means, for example, that the content of a scientific document has the potential to influence ongoing research or to support innovative application of renewable energies.

Ease of understanding

An object is comprehensible (e.g. in the case of documents) or user friendly (e.g. in the case of software tools) if is possible to understand or use the object without further explanation. A scientific document or user interface is to be well-structured and targeted.

State of the art

The technical content and the representation thereof are to be up to date with scientific and technological developments.

Evaluation of metadata

The metadata are to be checked with regard to completeness and correctness.

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