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Scholarly and Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Scholarly journals are journals which are well-regarded for the information and research they provide on a specific subject. They are written by experts in a particular field or discipline and their purpose is to advance the ongoing body of knowledge and research within that field of study. These articles might present original research data and findings.Scholarly journals are often peer reviewed or refereed. A peer reviewed or refereed article has gone through a process where other scholars in the author’s field or discipline review and assess the article prior to publication.  

Please note that not all scholarly journals go through the peer-review process. However, you can assume that a peer-reviewed journal is also considered scholarly. To summarize, “scholarly” means the article was written by an author who is an expert in that particular field of study for an audience of other researchers and students. “Peer-reviewed” takes it one step further and means the article was assessed by other experts in the field prior to publication. The vast majority of scholarly articles are peer reviewed.