Scholarly or academic sources often include peer-reviewed (or refereed) research articles. These are articles that have been read, evaluated, and approved for publication by scholars with expertise and knowledge related to the article’s subjects and contents. Peer-reviewing helps insure that articles provide accurate, verifiable, and valuable contributions to a field of study.
- The peer-review process is anonymous, to prevent personal biases and favoritism from affecting the outcomes. Reviewers read manuscripts that omit the names of the author(s). When the reviewers’ feedback is given to the author(s), the reviewers’ names are omitted.
- Editors of journals select reviewers who are experts in the subjects addressed in the article. Reviewers consider the clarity and validity of the research and whether it offers original and important knowledge to a particular field of study.