What is a scholarly source?
Scholarly/Academic sources are items that are written by academics and experts. They are aimed at an audience of academics, experts, or college students. They are not intended for a general audience - like magazines or newspapers. Scholarly articles are not necessarily peer reviewed, but peer reviewed articles are always scholarly.
Peer-Reviewed describes the process that an article goes through before it can be published in a peer-reviewed journal. The term peer-reviewed is oftern used interchangably with terms like Academic, Scholarly, or Refereed, however, scholarly articles are not allways published in academic journals that use the peer reviewed process. A peer review process can also be "blind" where the members of the review team do not know the authors identity.
- Academic or expert writes an article
- audience other academics, experts, or students
- Article is then submitted for review to the editors of an academic journal - Example: Editors of Social Science Quarterly
- editors are experts with specialist degrees in the particular area.
- Editors review the article
- Options: Reject, Correct & Return, Accept
- Social Science Quarterly: Accepts only about 15% of submissions!