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I am unsure for books but I know for certain that selected journal articles are peer-reviewed. (This just shows I am not in academia!)

Do books go through a peer-review process? If so, how does this happen?

If one is approached by a small publisher, does it matter if this publisher does not have a peer-review service (if there is one for books).

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Some are. Some aren't. What kind of book are you talking about? – JeffE Feb 12 '13 at 22:15
related answer: – Memming Sep 15 '13 at 20:50
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Typically, after an author presents a book proposal to a publisher, the publisher will circulate the proposal to some selected reviewers to vet the content. This is not like peer review in the usual sense: the reviewers only get to see the outline and maybe a chapter or two.

Once the publisher decides to go ahead with the book and it goes through the editing process, it might undergo further review, but nothing like a journal review.

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Journals (generally) have too many papers, and need to cut down. Book publishers (in my experience) have too many people who never finish books. – Jeremy Miles Sep 16 '13 at 3:01

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