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Recognizing peer-reviewed articles

Peer-reviewed articles are the highest quality scholarly articles.
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A peer-reviewed, scholarly article will have the following characteristics:



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Peer review is a review process that journal editors use to ensure that the articles they publish represent high quality scholarship.
  • the authors are scholars
  • the article is long, written in specialized language
  • there is a significant bibliography
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