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
Long articles found in scholarly/academic journals
Has sections like "Methods" and "Conclusion"
Often printed on non-glossy paper
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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
American Journal of Physiology
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Click here to learn more about the peer-review process from College of Marin Biology instructor Tina Christensen:
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
- Introduction: Hypothesis/Thesis
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.