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Is my article scholarly?

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If it is, then yes will be the answer for most of the following:

  1. Is the article written by experts (scholars) in the field?
    • Author's name is always included in scholarly articles.
  2. Is the article written for experts (scholars) in the field?
    • Articles written for the general public are NOT scholarly.
  3. Does the article report the results of research or does it analyze or interpret other research studies?
    • Often scholarly articles include a description of research methods.
  4. Is the article long?
    • Scholarly articles tend to be long (more than five pages in the humanities and more than two pages in the sciences).
  5. Does the article have a bibliography?
    • Scholarly articles always have a bibliography.
  6. Does the article title contain technical language?
    • Scholarly articles often use language that is technical and discipline specific.
      e.g. "Nonparametric Regression Techniques in Economics"
  7. Does the title of the journal seem to be very specialized?
    • Scholarly articles often come from journals focusing on specific topics.
      e.g. Journal of Applied Physics or Historical Methods
  8. Does the journal have an editorial policy that includes peer review?
    • Peer reviewed articles have been assessed by other experts in the field before publication.

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Bibliography
A list of resources (books, journal articles, or other documents) about a specific subject. May fill a whole book or be at the end of a book or article.    (Bates College, Ladd Library Glossary)
Humanities
Learning concerned with human culture, especially literature, history, art, music, and philosophy. (Oxford Dictionary of English)
peer review
The process in which a publication is submitted by the prospective publisher to experts in the field for critical evaluation prior to publication. (ODLIS)

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