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Introductory Guide to
Reading Research Articles
- A Self-Paced Learning Module

Peer Reviewed Journals
Types of Published Articles
Literature Review
Rationale & Purpose

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Peer Reviewed Journals

Some articles are written about poorly designed studies or otherwise flawed research.  Reputable journals use the process of peer-review to avoid such problems (and embarrassment).  Peer-review means that content-experts (not just the editors) review the submitted manuscripts prior to publication.  If there are minor problems, the reviewers suggest improvements the researcher must make before the final article can be accepted. If the problems are serious, such as poor research design, the peer reviewers reject the submitted article.

Journals will advertise this process as an indicator of quality.  For example Addiction Science & Clinical Practice describes itself as “NIDA’s innovative, peer-reviewed journal for drug abuse researchers and treatment providers.”

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