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Distinguishing peer-reviewed from other scholarly articles

Non peer-reviewed scholarly articles

A scholarly journal may contain peer-reviewed articles as well as articles that are NOT peer reviewed.

It is safe to assume that all research articles in a peer-reviewed journal are actually peer-reviewed, but other items in the journal may not be. For example:

  • book reviews
  • editorials

Also, it is possible to find scholarly articles that look exactly like peer-reviewed articles... ... but are not. For example:

  • articles in conference proceedings
  • articles in special journal issues where authors are invited to contribute because they are well known for their expertise.
All these types of articles are scholarly, and may have been vetted by one or several editors, but they are not peer-reviewed.

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