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ENGL 401 - First-Year Writing (UNH Durham): 1. Scholarly v. Popular

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What are peer-reviewed journals?

Peer review of articles helps ensure high quality in scholarly publishing.

Submitted articles are reviewed by other scholars in the field (peers) for relevance and contribution to the field, appropriateness of methodology, quality of discussion, etc.

These journals are also known as refereed journals.

Examples of peer-reviewed journals would be:

Journal of Popular Culture

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law

Sociology of Sport Journal

Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals Video (3:13)

An informative 3-minute video created by Peabody Library, Vanderbilt University.

Is It Peer Reviewed?

Still not sure if an article is from a peer-reviewed journal?

Check:

    • the database record, which sometimes indicates whether a journal is peer reviewed

    • the journal website, esp. under About Us or Information for Authors

    • Ulrichsweb, a database of information about journals, and look for the Refereed symbol next to the journal title