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Finding Reliable Sources: Who Decides a Source is Reliable?

Who Reviews?

Peer Review - Scholarly Books & Journal Articles

A scholar/researcher/professor writes an article (aka 'manuscript') or book proposal. then they......

  1. ....submit the manuscript or proposal to an academic journal or book  publisher in their field of study
  2. The book or journal editor decides whether the topic and overall quality of the manuscript or proposal is appropriate for their journal or publication catalog.
  3. If it is acceptable, the editor emails the manuscript or proposal to 2 or 3 scholarly experts in the subject
  4. The experts read, critique, recommend:
    1) publish as is (rare)
    2) publish with revisions (major or minor)
    3) Do not publish.

Editorial Review

The editor(s) are experienced practitioners or jounalists

Used by:

  • Magazines for a general audience
  • professional or trade magazines for practitioners in a field
  • professional newspapers (print or online)


You Review

Everything you find online through Google or other search engine, Facebook, etc.

It could be anything, from a scholarly, peer-reviewed article to a well-meaning but misinformed article, to a hoax.

 Evaluation Criteria Checklist



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