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Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines: Peer Reviewed Articles

The purpose of this guide is to help students understand the difference between scholarly vs. popular magazines

What is a peer reviewed article?


What is a peer reviewed article?  Peer reviewed articles refer to a process in which the authors of a journal article submit their research paper to a journal.  The editor of the journal sends the article out to the author's peers who are also experts in the same field and have knowledge of the subject being written about. These peers or reviewers determines the quality of the research, the validity of the data, and the conclusions in the article.  The reviewers will then either approve the article or offer comments on how the article can be improved.

Note:  While all peer-review articles are scholarly, not all scholarly articles are peer-reviewed.


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