Answered By: Linda Neyer Last Updated: Dec 02, 2015 Views: 42
Perhaps the easiest way to find a peer-reviewed journal article is to use the Article tab within the large search box on the Library home page, which searches most of the library's databases, and check the box for 'Scholarly (Peer Reviewed)' journals:
You can also limit your search to scholarly, peer-reviewed articles in many of the library databases, like Academic Search Complete, a large multi-disciplinary database. Some databases, like Web of Science, include only peer-reviewed journals.
Two other methods to tell if a journal is peer-reviewed:
- Search for the journal home page, using a web search engine. Peer-reviewed journals post information labeled 'Author Guidelines' or 'Author Instructions' for people who want to submit an article for publication. This information explains how the journal reviews articles, like this statement on the Journal of Educational Measurement webpage:
Review Procedures. Each manuscript submitted to JEM will be screened for consistency with the editorial policies of the journal. If found to be appropriate for JEM, manuscripts will be sent, with author identification removed, to at least three qualified reviewers. Upon receiving the recommendations of reviewers, the Editor will report a decision to the author, including reasons for the decision and the comments of reviewers. (NOTE: Reviewers remain anonymous to the author. Each reviewer receives a copy of the Editor's letter to the author and the other reviewers' comments. The review process typically takes two to three months, but exceptional cases may require more or less time.)
- You can also search a database called Ulrich's Periodicals Directory by journal title. If a journal is peer-reviewed then an image of a referee shirt will display next to the journal name:
For more information on what scholarly, peer-reviewed journals are:
- read the section in the General Library Research Tutorial on Popular Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals.
- view this short helpful video titled Peer Review in 3 Minutes, from North Carolina State University.
As always, if you have questions, Ask a Librarian.