Scholarly sources are publications written by academics, researchers and other experts in a particular field of study. Their purpose is to share recent research, theories, analyses and insights, or to provide summaries of current thinking in the field. Scholarly sources can include materials such as journal articles, books and book chapters, conference papers and more. These sources share the following characteristics:
- The authors are scholars, academics or researchers with research credentials and affiliations with educational or research institutions
- The publications contain a comprehensive list of references and in-text citations
- The language used is often complex and discipline specific
- Usually aimed at a specific audience, mainly scholars, academics and researchers
- Published by a scholarly press and involves an editorial process to ensure content is appropriate and credible.
What is peer-review?
Some scholarly sources, particularly journal articles, undergo a review process known as peer-review, whereby the article is sent to other experts (peers) in the same field as the author/s for review before publication. These peers review the article to ensure the research presented is accurate and reliable, and based on sound research methodologies. The peer reviewers provide feedback on the article and the author revises the article before resubmitting it. If the article is accepted, it is published in a journal.