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The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is, "a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization. Our mission is to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. Everything that we publish is open-access - freely available online for anyone to use. Sharing research encourages progress, from protecting the biodiversity of our planet to finding more effective treatments for diseases such as cancer."

Recent Scholarship

Recent articles from the journal Inorganic Chemistry:

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Peer-review? Refereed? Scholarly?

Peer-review in 3 Minutes

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What does it mean when my professor wants me to use "scholarly articles"?

  • They want you to use articles that go beyond the basic type of information you might get in a newspaper or popular magazine (like, Newsweek or Popular Science).
  • Scholarly articles are where much of the work of the discipline gets done or directly reported.
    • A scholarly Chemisty article may be a thirty page report detailing everything about an experiment that a group of scientists completed.
    • A scholarly Literature article may be an analysis of a recent novel using a particular theory lens, such as feminist theory.
  • Scholarly articles are written for an audience that has an educational background in such topics.
    • You may find scholarly articles difficult to read. Don't worry, that's part of you learning!

What does "peer-reviewed" or "refereed" mean?

  • These both refer to the same process that many scholarly articles undergo before publication.
  • The article is sent out to independent reviewers who critique the article. These reviewers are experts or well-experienced scholars/practitioners in the field.
  • They analyze the paper's research quality, its logical cohesiveness, the accuracy of its theoretical applications. Essentially, these peer reviewers help to make the article the best it can be, to ensure that the research is top notch.
  • A careful researcher (like you) cares to find the best, peer-reviewed scholarly articles for their research needs.

Want to be double-sure the journal you're using is "peer-reviewed"?

Then search for it in Ulrich's and if you see the referee jersey next to your journal... it is!

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