What is Peer Review?
Peer Reviewed Journals also called Refereed or Scholarly Journals, are journals that before accepting an article for publication, require that the article is read and edited by a volunteer group of subject experts. These experts are unaware of who has written the article and are checking to ensure that the information contained within the article can be substantiated by the research that was carried out. After reviewing the article, the team of experts then recommends that the article be accepted, rejected or revised and resubmitted. All articles accepted for publication are expected to meet certain standards or levels of discipline within the field of study.
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Peer Reviewed: Yes, with supplemental non-reviewed content, such as book reviews, included.
Examples: Advanced in Nursing Science
Appearance: Largely black and white, limited images- mostly charts and graphs, consecutive pages throughout volume
Audience: University students, university faculty, researchers
Citations: Great in number, usually more than 25, sources in footnotes or a reference list
Content: Research findings, literature reviews, methodologies, theories and analyses
Purpose: To report original research, to review previous research
Where to find a copy: University and college libraries; subscription based online databases
Peer Reviewed: Rarely
Examples: Advertising Age
Appearance: Glossy paper, industry image on cover, color photos, each issue begins on page 1
Audience: Members of a specific industry, ranging from students to working professionals
Citations: Some citations, usually less than 10, references listed at the end of the article
Content: Industry trends and techniques, organizational news, new industry products
Purpose: Showcase new products and services, to keep industry professional up to date on industry events
Where to find a copy: Through professional organizations
Peer Reviewed: Almost never, usually edited by the magazine editor for grammar and punctuation
Examples: Entertainment Weekly, NewsWeek
Appearance: Glossy paper, large color photos, each issue begins on page 1, highly stylized layout and non-linear design
Audience: Leisure readers
Citations: None or informal citations, may contain unsubstantiated claims
Content: General interest stories, event coverage, celebrities and gossip, current events
Purpose: Provide general information, gossip
Where to find a copy: Checkout aisles at grocery stores, airports, convenience stores