Peer-Reviewed, Scholarly, Academic - What does it all mean?
Scholarly/Academic sources are items that are written by academics and experts. They are aimed at an audience who are academics, experts, or students. They are not intended for a general audience. Scholarly articles are not necessarily peer reviewed, but peer reviewed articles are always scholarly.
Peer Review describes the process that an article goes through before it can be published in a scholarly/academic journal. Peer-reviewed articles are also often called Academic, Scholarly, or Refereed.
- Academic or expert writes an article
- audience other academics, experts, or students
- Article is then submitted for review to the editors of an academic journal - Example: Editors of Social Science Quarterly
- editors are experts with specialist degrees in the particular area.
- Editors review the article
- Options: Reject, Correct & Return, Accept
- Social Science Quarterly: Accepts only about 15% of submissions!