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Peer Review

What is Peer Review?

How to Check Peer Review

If you can't tell whether or not a journal is peer-reviewed, check Ulrichsweb.

  1. Access the database here: Ulrichsweb
  2. Type in the title of the journal
  3. Peer-reviewed journals will have a referee jersey ("refereed" is another term for "peer-reviewed") - example below


Identifying a peer-reviewed article

Peer reviewed articles may include some or all of these elements (individual mileage may vary):

  • abstract
  • introduction
  • literature review
  • methods
  • results
  • discussion
  • conclusion
  • references
  • figures & tables

Even if a journal is considered peer reviewed, not all articles within that journal are actually peer reviewed, examples include:

  • letters to the editor
  • new briefs
  • editorials
  • review articles
  • book reviews

NOTE: An article may be considered scholarly, for example a conference proceeding or technical report, but you cannot assume it was peer reviewed. Need help? Ask a Librarian

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