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What kind of information does a scholarly journal contain?
A scholarly journal publishes articles on original research and commentaries on current development in a specific discipline, or subject field.
A peer-reviewed journal is a scholarly journal that requires submitted articles to be subjected to a process of critical review by experts on the subject, known as referees, before determining if the articles be accepted for publication.
Note: not every academic or scholarly journal is peer-reviewed.
Be aware: not all articles contained in a refereed journal are peer-reviewed!
As a rule of thumb, editorials, short items, book reviews and letters to the editor are not peer reviewed. Brief commentaries. short communications and conference papers are not peer-reviewed either.
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Peer-reviewed vs. popular journal articles
This chart indicates basic differences between peer-reviewed and popular journal articles:
|Editorial||Features a listing of an editorial board||No editorial board listing|
|Appearance||Text with charts and illustrations||Glossy with many advertisements|
|Author||Always identified and qualifications cited||Often not identified, e.g. staff or freelance reporter|
|Content||Often original findings or theory on specific research; source references always cited||Usually informal in nature, without specifying sources|
|Purpose||To enhance the field of research||To entertain, inform, express a view, sell a product|
|Terminology||Specialized, assuming prior knowledge||Simple, assuming no prior knowledg|
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Are scholarly journal articles peer-reviewed articles?
All peer reviewed journals are types of scholarly journals. Many, although not all, scholarly journals are also peer reviewed before publication..
Peer reviewed journals, also known as refereed journals, are scholarly journals that submit articles to a peer review process before publication.