Choose an article from an international peer-reviewed journal (CHOOSE ANY SCHOLARY ARTICLE). Reflect on how you determined that the article is peer-reviewed.

In general, peer review is the process by which experts approve scholarship in their particular field of research. Single-blind review and double-blind review are two popular approaches. In a single-blind review, the reviewers know the author’s identity, but the author does not know the names of any of the reviewers. A double-blind review takes the anonymity one step further by guaranteeing that the reviewers do not know the name of the submitting author who, as with a single-blind review, does not know the names of the reviewers.

These review processes offer potential benefits to scholars. As a doctoral student, you can recognize and reap these benefits. You should know the criteria for recognizing peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed articles as well as how, when, and why to use each type.

To prepare:

Choose an article from an international peer-reviewed journal (CHOOSE ANY SCHOLARY ARTICLE).
Reflect on how you determined that the article is peer-reviewed.
Read “Peer Review: An Introduction and Guide” in this week’s Learning Resources.
Consider the possible advantages and disadvantages of peer review.
Post by Day 3 the title of the article, the name of the database where you found the article, and the link to the article. Then, explain the criteria you used to determine that it is a peer-reviewed journal article. Next, explain the importance of using peer-reviewed journal articles as a scholar-practitioner in your particular field. Finally, provide an example of a situation when material that is not peer-reviewed would be acceptable for a scholar-practitioner to cite, and why.

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