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Last Updated: Aug 22, 2017 URL: Print Guide

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What is Peer-Reviewed Research?

Peer-reviewed research has gone through the peer-review process.  Through the peer-review process, a scholarly work (such as a paper or a research proposal) is checked by a group of experts in the same field to make sure it meets the necessary standards before it is published or accepted.  Peer-reviewed research is published in scholarly (also called academic) journals. 

Characteristics of scholarly (academic) journals:

    Meant to inform and report research

    Intended for scholars and students in a discipline

    Very specific
    Highly specialized
    Long articles found in scholarly/academic journals
    Has sections like "Methods" and "Conclusion"
    Often printed on non-glossy paper
Graphics & Ads
    Usually no photos or ads
    Has charts, graphs, data
    Scholars and researchers
    Authors are rarely paid for articles
    Vocabulary specific to the discipline

    Long list of references and sources

    Journal of Biology
    Biochemical Journal
    American Journal of Physiology
Where to find it
    Academic Journals 
    Scholarly Journals

Peer-Review Process

Click here to learn more about the peer-review process from College of Marin Biology instructor Tina Christensen

How Peer-Reviewed Information is Created


Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

Scholarly articles are sometimes difficult to read.  However, once you undersand the structure of a scholarly article, you can scan the article for the info you need. Use the tutorial below to explore different parts of a scholarly article, including:

  • Reading the Citation
  • Authors' Credentials
  • Abstract
  • Introduction:  Hypothesis/Thesis
  • Literature
  • Methodology
  • Results/Data
  • Discussion/Conclusion
  • References
Presented by NCSU Libraries 

How to Read a Scholarly Article

Scholarly articles are often very long.  They can be 10, 20, maybe even 30 pages or more!  Check out this video for tips on how to skim a scholarly article.  This video is presented by the University of California Irvine's Science Library.


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