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 Academic, Scholarly, or Refereed.
- 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: Acceptance, Return With Suggestions, Reject
- 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.
Here's a chart that can help you determine if an article is peer-reviewed/scholarly or if it is a popular article.
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Last UpdatedOct 12, 2017
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