Q: What is a peer-reviewed article, and what is the easiest way to I find them?
What is a Peer-Reviewed Article?
- An academic or expert writes an article indented audience is 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 review the article
- Options: Acceptance, Return with Suggestions, Reject
- Example: Social Science Quarterly accepts about 15% of submissions.
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.
Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles
- You can find articles (in magazines, newspapers, scholarly or peer-reviewed journals) from the SuperSearch Tab on the library website. Here you can enter keywords that will search both our KSU library catalog (books, e-books, government documents, films, etc.) and many of the subscription databases all in one search engine.
- Once you conduct your search you can limit the results to scholarly or peer-reviewed publications only. On your results list, there is a button you can check on the left side of the screen that reads "Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals." Clicking this option will limit the results to only peer-reviewed/scholarly journal articles.
Scholarly/Academic sources are items that are written for academics. They are aimed at the following:
- an audience of academics
- 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.
There are many terms used to describe scholarly articles — refereed is one of these terms.
A more widely used term is Peer Reviewed. Both terms describe the process the article must go through before it is published in an academic or scholarly journal.
For more information
For more help, email the Research and Instructional Services department, or call or visit one of our Research Help Desks:
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Last UpdatedSep 26, 2019
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