8th Edition

Evaluating Research in Academic Journals A Practical Guide to Realistic Evaluation

By Maria Tcherni-Buzzeo, Fred Pyrczak Copyright 2024
    298 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    298 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Evaluating Research in Academic Journals is a guide for students learning how to evaluate reports of empirical research published in academic journals. It breaks down the process of evaluating a journal article into easy-to-understand steps and emphasizes the practical aspects of evaluating research.

    The book describes the nuances that may make an article publishable, even when it has serious methodological flaws. Students learn when and why certain types of flaws may be tolerated, and why evaluation should not be performed mechanically. Each chapter is organized around evaluation questions, and the book includes numerous examples from journals in the social and behavioral sciences to illustrate the application of evaluation questions and provide actual instances of strong and weak features of published reports.

    Common-sense models for evaluation, combined with a lack of jargon make it possible for students to start evaluating research articles in the first week of class, making this the ideal textbook for instructors and students across a range of disciplines.

    New to this edition:

    • A new chapter on Types of Research
    • Coverage of the new realities of online survey methods and research using big data
    • A new appendix on Emerging Issues in Survey Research
    • More emphasis and information on qualitative, case studies, and action research
    • Expanded discussion of research ethics, including additional research-ethics-oriented guidelines, and new appendices devoted to noteworthy cases of research ethics breaches.

    The accompanying Instructor and Student Resources provide free digital materials designed to test student knowledge and save time when preparing lessons, including over 150 multiple-choice questions, articles, videos, and weblinks for students to test their knowledge of the material and further their understanding of concepts; and downloadable lecture slides and test banks for instructors.

    Introduction to the Eighth Edition 

    1. Types of Research 

    2. Background for Evaluating Research 

    3. Evaluating Titles 

    4. Evaluating Abstracts 

    5. Evaluating Introductions and Literature Reviews 

    6. Evaluating Samples When Researchers Generalize

    7. Understanding and Evaluating Context-Specific Research Samantha A. Tosto 

    8. Evaluating Measures 

    9.   Evaluating Experimental Procedures 

    10. Evaluating Analysis and Results Sections: Quantitative Research 

    11. Evaluating Methods and Analysis Sections: Qualitative Research  Stephanie Bonnes 

    12. Evaluating Analysis and Results Sections: Mixed Methods Research  Anne Li Kringen 

    13. Evaluating Discussion Sections 

    14. Evaluating Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses: Towards Evidence-Based Practice 

    15. Putting It All Together; 

    Appendix A1: Research Ethics: Two of the Most (In)famous Studies 

    Appendix A2: Research Ethics: An Egregious Case that Led to Children’s Deaths 

    Appendix B: Program/Policy Evaluation 

    Appendix C: Limitations of Significance Testing 

    Appendix D: Emerging Issues in Survey Research 

    Appendix E: Checklist of Evaluation Questions


    Maria Tcherni-Buzzeo is Professor and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven, USA. She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany (SUNY), and her research has been published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Aggressive Behavior, Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, and other academic outlets.

    Evaluating Research in Academic Journals: A Practical Guide to Realistic Evaluation is a textbook that must be adopted for anyone teaching a course in Research Methods. From the first day of class students can begin gathering the knowledge, jargon-free, to precisely and properly evaluate peer-reviewed academic research articles. The material presented is unique in its coverage not only of quantitative-based research, but also that involving qualitative, mixed methods, as well as action-oriented research. A student- and instructor-friendly read that packs a powerful punch of information.” -- Penny M. Geyer, John Jay College, the City University of New York (CUNY), USA

    “The latest edition of Evaluating Research in Academic Journals continues to improve on a classic 'how to' research text, and one that is written in an incredibly accessible manner. This book will be helpful to students, of all levels, backgrounds, and disciplines, who are evaluating existing scientific research for a dissertation or thesis project, a class paper, or even just to become better informed about the research on a given topic. Along with the other updates in the latest edition, the addition of a new chapter devoted entirely to evaluating qualitative research makes this text even more relevant and important to students and budding scientific researchers. At a minimum, this book should be in the personal academic library of every graduate student in a research-oriented field, bearing dozens of dog-eared pages, a fraying coffee-stained cover, and multiple creases along the spine from the many times it has been read and reread during the graduate school years (and beyond)." -- Kelly M. Socia, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA

    “This book is an incredibly useful complement to traditional research methods texts, which typically focus on idealized and abstracted procedures. Here, students are presented with the realities of the conduct of research and are given tools for assessing empirical articles from stem to stern. Checklists, examples, and exercises provide structured opportunities for students to apply their newfound skills.” -- Sonja Siennick, Florida State University, USA

    Evaluating Research in Academic Journals: A Practical Guide to Realistic Evaluation is itself an example of the hallmarks of the best academic writing it's written and organized in a way that distills the complexities of academic research into a format that students will find digestible, intellectually engaging, and actionable. The text is written for students in academic programs, but it would also be helpful for authors as a final checklist before submitting their own work for peer-review.  
    Tcherni-Buzzeo and Pyrczak have expertly presented an intimidating topic for students in a way that students will find edifying, and dare I say even enjoyable! The text opens with guidelines for reviewing research and a reflective self-assessment. Each chapter guides students on a specific part of empirical research as presented in academic journals (e.g., beginning with evaluating titles, abstracts, and finishing with evaluating discussions) and includes built-in exercises with author commentary, guided class assignments, and real examples from the literature. This flow of the text will help make students better consumers of academic research and will set a solid foundation for those who wish to produce their own scholarly research in the future.” -- Michael Jenkins, University of Scranton, USA

    “This is a wonderful book that aims to help students become intelligent consumers of research in the social and behavioral sciences by reading and evaluating it for themselves. It provides students with clear and practical advice about how to assess each aspect of an article, from beginning to end, with relevant examples and useful exercises. Best of all, the book encourages students not to expect perfection from the research they read; instead, it teaches them to accept the inherent limitations of the research process without thinking that all studies are equally flawed or undervaluing its cumulative contribution to knowledge.” -- Walter Forrest, School of Law, University of Limerick, Ireland