Peer Review

Peer Review is a process that offers those in the industry an opportunity to examine the terms and definitions that have been crafted and approved by the LIST Council, prior to their addition into the Professional Locksmith Dictionary. When making the definition of a term, the Council applied the following rules to the term:

1) Is the term listed in “Webster”?

2) Is the definition there the same meaning used in our industry?

To the Council, “Webster”, means a typical pocket dictionary, which could be obtained easily and on short notice from any grocery store, which has a pocket book display or any online standard dictionary such as If the answer to either of the questions above was no, the Council felt the term must be in our Dictionary, otherwise it was common usage which anyone could define.

Because there is generally more than one term in use from one geographic area to another, the Council established the most popular term, which most closely describes what it means as the “primary” term to be defined, unless it has different opposing definitions. All other terms with the same meaning become secondary terms. With that established, the definitions have to meet the following rules:

1) It must describe the subject of the term without graphics

2) It must describe ONLY the subject of the term

3) The term should not be used in the definition when practicable


Our current Peer Review of 09/17/22 has ended. You will find the terms have now been added to the official LIST Council Dictionary. Thanks for your support.

DEADLINE for THE Upcoming Peer Review: TBD

-John K. Hubel, CML, ICML, CMIL, M.Ed. –  Peer Review Coordinator


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