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Scholarly vs. Popular Articles
How can you tell if a source is "scholarly"? Use the worksheet below as a guide.
The Peer Review Process
One major character of scholarly sources is that they are peer-reviewed. Here's how a scholarly source typically go through the process:
- A scholar/author writes an article and submits it to the editor of a journal or book.
- The editor sends it to other scholars who are at least the academic peers (equals) of the author in that field.
- The reviewers review or vet (examine) it, then tell the editor whether they think it’s good enough to be published in that journal or what should be changed.
- The editor tells the author the verdict:
||Revise and resubmit.
What makes some publications more reliable than others?