In a primary social science article, the authors are reporting results of their own experiment or investigation.
Primary scientific literature often has a "Methods" section and "Results" section describing a specific study.
Papers usually start with an introduction which provides background information. A description of what was done follows: the materials or methods used and sampling procedures. A discussion places the work in a larger theoretical context and may suggest further research.
An anthropology review article is an overview of research bringing together results of many primary articles. It may be described as a literature review or a meta-analysis. Review articles typically have very extensive bibliographies.
Anthropology review publications:
Reviews in Anthropology Full articles available after 18 months.
Examples of review articles:
French, Brigittine M. 2012. The Semiotics of Collective Memories. Annual Review Of Anthropology, 41(1), 337-353. - This review outlines the conceptual foundations of collective memory research from social scientific and semiotic perspectives
Leaving Few Bones Unturned: Recent Work on Repatriation by Osteologists - This article considers recent osteological and bioarchaeological contributions to literature on Native American repatriation.
When an article is submitted to a peer reviewed journal, the editors send it out to other scholars in the same field (the author's peers) to get their opinion on the quality of the scholarship, its relevance to the field, its appropriateness for the journal, etc.
Both primary and review articles can be peer-reviewed.