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GGR325H5: Business and Industrial Geography

What is a "Peer Review" Article?

"Peer review" refers to the process of publishing in a academic scholarly journal. Articles accepted for publication in a "peer review" journal have been reviewed by an expert editorial board of fellow "peers" with deep knowledge of the subject. The "peers" will have reviewed the paper, its methodology, and checked the findings to determine the orginality and soundness of the research. Once complete, they contact the author to inform her/him of the status of the paper submission. They can accept it for publication as is, they can request revisions before acceptance, or they can reject the paper for publication. Those papers that are then published are refered to as "peer reviewed" research.

"Refereed" journals refer to the same process as "peer reviewed"

Identifying a Peer Reviewed Article

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Comparing Non-Scholarly and Scholarly Resources

Non-Scholarly Sources (Newspapers, Magazines, etc)        Scholarly Sources (Research Journals)
  • General Public
  • Scholars in that field and academic community
  • Journalists; professional writers; persons with a general interest in that topic
  • No research affliation or credentials given
  • Experts in that field (Faculty, Grad Students, Post-Docs, etc)
  • Articles will include author's research affliations
  • Editor working for publisher
  • Editorial Board of fellow scholars (Peers)
Citations (Footnotes, Endnotes, etc)
  • References are typically NOT included
  • Includes a bibliography, references, or works cited section.
  • Commercial publisher
  • Scholarly or professional organization or academic press
Writing Style
  • Assumes readers have no or little knowledge of topic;
  • Intended for broad readership
  • Assumes reader has a level of knowledge in the field.
  • Can be heavy on jargon and technical details related to the field.
Other Characteristics
  • Includes advertisements and pictures
  • Glossy presentation
  • Broad subject coverage
  • Text heavy, with few if any pictures
  • Tables and charts included
  • Few or no advertisements
  • A narrow subject focus