Answered By: Diane Shepelwich
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2020     Views: 1193

"Scholarly" and "refereed" are terms that describe the same thing -- research articles that are peer-reviewed and published in scholarly journals. A research article reports a scholar's research practice and findings. It is written with an audience of researchers (and students, like you!) in mind and it must pass through the rigorous process of peer review.

Peer review (also known as refereed) is the process of subjecting an author's scholarly work, research, or ideas to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the same field before the paper describing this work is published in a journal. Peer review helps the publisher decide whether the work is accepted, needs revisions, or is rejected. Peer review requires a community of qualified experts to perform reasonably impartial review; the review is typically blind or anonymous to alleviate as much bias as possible. Peer review is necessary to maintain academic quality.

If the article is from a print journal, look at the publication information in the front of the journal. If the article is from an electronic journal, go to the journal home page and look for a link to 'About this journal' or 'Notes for Authors'. Here it will tell you if the articles are peer-reviewed.