What Is "Peer-review"?
Peer-review means that an has been evaluated by a group of subject experts prior to being published in a scholarly journal.
The Peer-review process determines that articles published in academic journals meet a standard of accuracy, originality, and scholarly integrity.
- Scholarly journals are peer-reviewed.
- Not every article published in a scholarly journal is peer-reviewed. Book reviews, letters to the editor, etc. are not peer-reviewed.
- Popular journals, are not peer-reviewed.
NOTE: Peer-review journals are also called scholarly, academic, or refereed journals,
Popular vs. Scholarly
What is the difference between articles published in popular magazines and those published in scholarly journals?
Audience: usually written by journalists or professional writers for a general audience
Length: usually shorter than scholarly journal articles
Author: journalist or professional writer; articles are not always signed
Style: easy to comprehend by the general reader
Here are some examples of popular magazines in our library collection:
Audience: written for professionals, researchers, or scholars
Length: tend to be long articles supported by research and extensive bibliographies
Author: written by professionals, researchers, or scholars; are often refereed or peer reviewed (i.e. articles are reviewed by subject specialists before they are considered for publication)
Style: uses scholarly or technical language, not easily understood by the general reader
Note: Book reviews and editorials published in scholarly journals are not considered scholarly articles
Here are some examples of scholarly journals in our collection: