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Scholarly vs. Peer-Reviewed Articles

USM Tutorial - Refereed/Peer-Reviewed Articles

As stated previously, research or empirical studies are most often published in scholarly "peer-reviewed" journals. So what is the difference between a scholarly journal and a scholarly peer-reviewed journal?

The primary purpose of scholarly publications is to report research or other types of information to scholars and professionals in the field. Authors writing articles in scholarly journals always document their source material in footnotes, endnotes or bibliographies in order to authenticate and substantiate their work.

Some scholarly publications require that research submissions be reviewed by other experts/scholars in the field. This review process is known as "peer," "refereed" or "juried" review and its purpose is to ensure that the published research reflects the highest scholarship in that academic field. Peer-reviewed journal articles usually follow a prescribed format and methodology. Some of the elements below are generally found in research-based peer-reviewed articles:

Literature Review
Objective/Hypothesis
Subjects/Participants
Design
Intervention
Methodology
Measurements
Results
Discussion
Conclusion
Bibliography/Notes

 
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