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Scholarly Journals and the Peer Review Process

The Peer Review Process
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What is a Scholarly Article?

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Important Definitions
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Periodical: A publication, such as a magazine, newspaper, or scholarly journal, that is issued at regular intervals (i.e. daily, weekly, monthly, annually).

Journal: A publication with articles written (and sometimes reviewed) by subject matter experts. Some examples include scholarly journals and trade journals.

Trade journal: A publication with articles written by professionals and covering topics relevant to a specific industry, type of business, or profession.

Scholarly journal: A publication with articles that are written and peer-reviewed by subject matter experts, usually scholars at colleges and universities, and that focus on research.

Peer-review: A process by which 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

Magazine: A publication with articles of popular interest, written by journalists with or without subject expertise, and aimed at a general audience.
Sources: and Howard, Rebecca Moore. Writing Matters: A Handbook for Writing and Research. 2nd ed. NY: McGraw-Hill, 2014. Print.
Scholarly, Popular, Trade Journal Comparisons
Popular vs. Scholarly Practice
Popular vs. Scholarly Articles - Guide
Learn about the differences between popular and scholarly articles. (University of Arizona)

Popular vs. Scholarly Sources: What's the Difference?
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Compare and contrast the following articles. What makes one popular and the other scholarly?
  • Reynolds, Amy L., et al. "The Influence of Racism-Related Stress on the Academic Motivation of Black and Latino/a Students." Journal Of College Student Development, vol. 51, no. 2, March/April 2010, pp. 135-149. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/csd.0.0120.  -- click on the Download link to view the full article
  • Stephen, Curtis. "The Stress Of Being Black." Crisis, vol. 114, no. 1, 2007, p. 10. Points of View Reference Center, -- click on the PDF Full Text button to view the full article

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