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BADM 101

What does peer-reviewed mean?

Peer-reviewed is the highest level of academic or scholarly publishing. The quality of the articles is maintained through a review process conducted by experts prior to publication. Not all academic journals are peer-reviewed, but all peer-reviewed journals are academic.

Articles submitted to a refereed or peer-reviewed journal are examined by one or more people with expertise in the field with which the article deals. This process gives the scholartic community assurance that the information in the article is credible and original. Some disciplines require peer-reviewed status more than others.

How can I tell if a journal is scholarly or not?


Use a database to search for sources such as peer reviewed journal articles, trade journals, news stories, reports, and more. Many of these databases offer:

  • advanced search capabilities
  • deeper topic coverage
  • tools for students, including auto-citing, email articles, and printing

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