Answered By: Haydn Bibby
Last Updated: May 05, 2020     Views: 106

Scholarly/peer-reviewed journals are publications that can be subscribed to just like you can subscribe to “popular” magazines like “Sports Illustrated,” “Time Magazine,” and “People.” However, scholarly/peer-reviewed journals are published not for the general public, but for people who are researchers and professionals in their field. The articles they contain use “technical” language understood by scholars in that field and often report on recent research studies that have been done in that field. These kind of publications are the best place to find up to date research and developments in your field of study.

“Peer-reviewed” means that the articles in these journals have gone through a review process by people who are experts in whatever field of study the journal specializes in. Before an article is accepted for publication in the journal, it has to be approved by these experts. Some items found in peer-reviewed journals are not peer-reviewed. Items like letters to and from the editor, book reviews, and other opinion pieces are not peer-reviewed articles.

Some scholarly journals don’t have a peer review process for the articles they contain. This is often the case with religion journals. But as long as non-peer reviewed articles cite their sources and/or are written by someone who is a scholar in the field, they can usually be cited in your research.

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