Answered By: Carrie Mann
Last Updated: Jul 08, 2014     Views: 17

For most purposes, scholarly and peer-reviewed mean the same thing, 

  • Scholarly journals are written by experts, for experts.  They are academic in nature and generally report on original research, research methodology and theory.  Articles are typically lengthy and provide in-depth analysis of the subject; a bibliography is always included.
  • Peer reviewed articles have been reviewed by a panel of subject experts who examine it for accuracy, clarity, relevance and sound research design. 
  • While not all scholarly journals go through the peer review process, it is usually safe to assume that a peer reviewed journal is also scholarly.
  • You might also find these journals referred to as academic or refereed.