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Peer-Reviewed Defined: Home

After reviewing this information, you will be able to:

  • Explain the peer review process
  • Determine whether a journal is peer reviewed

You have options! Click your choice below to continue...

Peer Review in Three Minutes

Determining if your Source is Peer Reviewed

If a source is peer-reviewed, it usually means that it was reviewed by professionals prior to publication. This kind of publication is highly selective, and the review process is pretty rigorous, which means these are some of the most trustworthy sources you can find. But how can you determine if your source is peer-reviewed? Below are three ways to determine whether a journal is peer reviewed:

Search our Journals List

If you're looking for a specific journal or magazine, the best one of the best place to go is our Journal's List here at Memorial Library. First, click on the "Journals List"  tab above the search bar in the middle of the Library Home page.  

Journal Name Search 

Then search for your journal or magazine. You can do this in a variety of ways. First, you can search for the journal or magazine by the title or title words. There's also a search option for seeing journals by topic. Lastly, there's an alphabetical list where journals and magazines can be found, based on their first letter.

use the search bar in the journals list to search for a title or title words. You can also use the category search option, as well as the list  of letters to find journal or magazine alphabetically.

Once you've found your journal, take a closer look at the entry. Look under the title for Peer Reviewed to indicate if the journal uses the peer review process.

Peer review icon on Journals List page

Searching Ulrich's Periodical Directory

Another method for determining if a journal and its articles are peer-reviewed or not is to look it up. One way to check is through something like Ulrigh's Periodical Directory, which will have a lot of information about the journal or magazine, including if the source is peer-reviewed, or "refereed". Use the link below to search for your journal title in Ulrich’s Periodical Directory.

Ulrich's Periodical Directory

If you see this  icon Ulrich referred icon then the journal is refereed or peer-reviewed.

the striped shirt icon next to the journal means that the source is peer reviewed or refereed.

Search a Journal's Website

Your last option for determining if a source comes from a peer-reviewed journal is to find information from the journal itself. Search for the journal title on the web. From there, look for an editorial policy page or a page for authors to find out if the journal uses a peer review process. This will be where the journal says if it's peer-reviewed, or what kind of editorial process it has. An example of this is below.

A journals about this journal page shows that this journal is in fact peer reviewed

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