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NUR 288: Nursing Concepts IV

This guide is designed for the Nursing Concepts IV Research Instruction.

Peer Reviewed Articles Video

Autopsy of a Scholarly Article Activity

Definition of Scholarly or Peer Reviewed Articles

Scholarly and professional journals feature articles written by researchers and practitioners in a particular subject area. The authors often have particular specialties. Peer groups of researchers, scholars and professionals within a specific discipline are the audience for scholarly literature.

Peer review is a well-accepted indicator of quality scholarship. It is the process by which an author's peers read a paper submitted for publication. A number of recognized researchers in the field will evaluate a manuscript and recommend its publication, revision, or rejection. Articles accepted for publication through a peer review process implicitly meet the discipline's expected standards of expertise.

Articles in some scholarly and professional journals are not peer-reviewed, but are selected by an editor or board. Standards of scholarship in such journals are often equal or comparable to those of peer-reviewed publications, although this is not always the case.

Source: University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno.

Characteristics of Scholarly Articles / Peer Reviewed

Characteristics of scholarly or peer reviewed articles:

  • Authors are experts in the subject field. They are authorities in that field of study. Authors are highly educated.
  • Articles go through a peer-review process. This is the process where the article is read by recognized researchers in the field and recommend the article for publication in the journal. They look for errors in the article/research.
  • Articles are usually reports on scholarly research or case studies.
  • Articles cite their sources at the end of the article in the Reference section. 
  • Published monthly, quarterly, bi-annually or annually.
  • Journals are geared toward scholars, researchers, professionals and college students.


Some examples of scholarly or peer reviewed journals:     

  • AJN: American Journal of Nursing
  • Geriatric Nursing
  • JAMA: Journal of American Medical Association
  • Journal of Specialized Nursing Care

Journals are indexed and accessible through the WCC Research Databases. 

Identifying Scholarly Articles - What to look for

Once you identify a great article, look for the following

  • An abstract at the beginning of the article -- summary of the researchers/authors argument, approach and conclusion
  • Author(s) -- scholarly articles usually have two or more authors -- author credentials and affiliations are listed on first page or last page of article
  • Specialized Headings/Sections in the article -- include:
    • Introduction -- One to several paragraphs describing the subject content of the article
    • Methodology --  This section will provide information about what data was collected and who participated in the study
    • Discussion and Results -- This section will provide information about the results of the study
    • Conclusion -- this section will provide the findings of the research and any recommendations and limitations of the study
    • References or bibliography -- an extensive list of references used in the research of the article is provided at the end of the article.

How to Read a Scholarly Article

Guided Tour of Scholarly Article

Types of Scholarly Articles