Review articles summarize previously published research on a topic and usually present new ways to organize or explain the results.
When a review article is devoted primarily to presenting a new theory, it is often referred to as a theoretical article.
In general, scholarly books undergo a peer review process similar to that used by professional journals.
The primary method used to search the research literature involves using one or more electronic databases.
Psyc INFO consists of individual records for each article, book chapter, or book in the database.
Each record includes basic publication information, an abstract or summary of the work (like the one presented at the start of this chapter), and a list of other works cited by that work.
In any case, the editor forwards the reviewers’ written comments to the researchers so that they can revise their manuscript accordingly.
This entire process is double-blind, as the reviewers do not know the identity of the researcher(s), and vice versa.
Empirical research reports describe one or more new empirical studies conducted by the authors.
They introduce a research question, explain why it is interesting, review previous research, describe their method and results, and draw their conclusions.