My professor wants me to use a peer-reviewed article but I don't know what that is.



Peer-reviewed journal:  Periodical that contains scholarly information or reports of research (articles).  When articles submitted for publication are read by other experts in the field, the article is labeled as refereed or peer-reviewed.  These journals are also sometimes called scholarly.

Characteristics of peer-reviewed journals and articles

Peer-reviewed journal articles often have an abstract, a descriptive summary of the article contents, before the main text of the article.

Peer-reviewed journals generally have a sober, serious look. They often contain many graphs and charts but few glossy pages or exciting pictures.

Peer-reviewed journals always cite their sources in the form of footnotes or bibliographies. These bibliographies are generally lengthy and cite other scholarly writings.

Articles are written by a scholar in the field or by someone who has done research in the field. The affiliations of the authors are listed, usually at the bottom of the first page or at the end of the article--universities, research institutions, think tanks, and the like.

The language of peer-reviewed journals is that of the discipline covered. It assumes some technical background on the part of the reader.

The main purpose of a peer-reviewed journal is to report on original research or experimentation in order to make such information available to the rest of the scholarly world.

An example of a peer-reviewed article is included in the link below.

  • Last Updated Oct 27, 2022
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