My thesis, while it has been examined and passed, has not been peer-reviewed. Nor did the publisher subject it to a review process. Had I been aware in 2010 of the process that universities require for validating research and publications - I had been urged to publish my thesis by a staffer at the university I attended - then I would not have published it. My thesis can be accessed for research purposes through the channels that universities have at their disposal. Of course, you can always approach me to gain access to the thesis and the data I used. The following statement is worth reading if you are considering publishing your academic writing. It has been taken from the website belonging to Charles Sturt University:
"For books and book chapters, the concept of a commercial publisher is used as a surrogate test of quality in place of a peer review requirement. A commercial publisher is defined as an entity for which the core business is publishing books and distributing them for sale.
"‘Publication’ is more than the production of a book. It needs to include quality control such as peer review or equivalent in-house quality control through processes such as expert assessment or review, as well as editing, copy-editing, design, and conversion of the work to an appropriate format.
"If publishing is not the core business of an organisation, but there is a distinct organisational entity devoted to commercial publication and its publications are not completely paid for or subsidised by the parent organisation or a third party, the publisher is acceptable as a commercial publisher. University presses are also regarded as commercial publishers, provided that they have responsibility for the distribution of the publication, in addition to its printing.
"Note that in order to be considered a commercial publisher for these purposes, companies must generally demonstrate a degree of editorial responsibility and financial risk in choosing to publish, as well as be responsible for the entire publishing process (including printing and distribution). For this reason, 'vanity presses', as well as companies specialising primarily in the publication of theses (such as VDM Verlag, and Lambert Academic Publishing - LAP) are NOT considered to meet the 'commercial publisher' criteria.
"Evidence of commercial publisher status is generally available on the web pages of publishing companies."
This is the title of the paper I prepared for the Third International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society. The Conference was held at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona on 8-9 March, 2013. You can access the paper here. The paper has been peer-reviewed and published in Volume 3, Issue 3 of The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society.