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What are peer-reviewed or scholarly journals?

Scholarly or academic articles generally have the following characteristics:

  • written by scholars, researchers for an audience of fellow scholars and researchers
  • includes institutional addresses for all authors
  • within the article has an abstract or summation, an introduction that includes the research question, literature review, methodology (how they did their research), results documenting data found to include charts, figures, data, maps..., discussion on findings, conclusion or summary of findings, and in-text citations to the body of literature as references and how this is relevant
  • list of scholarly references in a bibliography
  • always contains original research
  • articles are not book reviews, review articles on a general topic, commentaries, editorials...
  • are usually lengthy, more than 6-8 pages, often 9-15 pages in length although this varies
  • and, most often has three dates posted next to the list of authors, title, abstract, institutional addresses that indicates when the manuscript/paper was received e.g. March 3, 2020, accepted for publication e.g. June 29, 2020 and published e.g. September 4, 2020. Not all scholarly papers present these dates, but more often these dates affirm that this paper went through the peer-review process.

Watch the What is a peer-reviewed article? video to learn more about this process!

Here is another video titled How Can I Tell if a journal is Scholarly which is a great help. 

Peer Review in 3 Minutes is quick and good.

I love the following brief YouTube video Evaluating Journal Articles with the CAARP Test which may help with evaluating your article.This may be 3:05 minutes well wasted!