Q: What is a peer reviewed article?


Peer Review describes the process that an article goes through before it can be published in a scholarly/academic journal. Peer reviewed articles are often called AcademicScholarly, or Refereed

  1. Academic or expert writes an article
    • Audience other academics, experts, or students
  2. 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.
  3. Editors review the article


Popular articles are another type of article. Unlike scholarly articles, popular articles typically are not written or reviewed by experts. They are written by professional writers or journalists, for a general audience. They are usually published in magazines or newspapers.

Here's a chart that can help you determine if an article is peer-reviewed/scholarly or if it is a popular article.

Check out our guide to peer reviewed articles for more details! This can also be found on the library homepage under the Research Guides tab

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Oct 12, 2017


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