Kresge Library

Finding peer-reviewed articles


Non peer-reviewed scholarly articles

A peer reviewed journal may contain parts that are NOT peer reviewed.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All these types of articles are scholarly, and may have been vetted by one or several editors, but they are not peer-reviewed.



Created on 11/30/09 by Dominique Daniel / Last updated on 3/7/18 by Dominique Daniel
Oakland University

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