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FAQ - Identifying Peer Reviewed Journals

A peer reviewed or refereed journal is one where an article submitted for publication is judged by an independent panel of experts (scholarly or scientific peers). Articles not approved by a majority of these peers are not accepted for publication by the journal.

Peer-reviewed or refereed journals can be identified by their editorial statements or instructions to authors which are usually found in the first few pages of the journal or at its end.   One can also search under the journal title in Ulrich's to determine if it's refereed/peer reviewed. 



There is no comprehensive source for identifying all peer-reviewed journals. To help determine if a particular journal is peer-reviewed, refer to the journal itself or to Ulrich's. Some online databases that the Library subscribes to have, however, begun to flag peer-reviewed journals so they can be searched in the database.


Here is a select list of some of the most commonly used databases, subscribed to by the Libraries, which offer peer-reviewed journal coverage or searching:


Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) (A multi-disciplinary database with over 4,500 journals. Click on the "advanced search" option to find where you can limit your results to peer reviewed/scholarly journals)


ERIC (Indexes and abstracts publications in education and related fields. Limit your results by clicking on the "peer reviewed" box on the "advanced search" page)


JSTOR (Provides searchable full-text of historical runs of important scholarly journals, many of which are peer reviewed, in the humanities, arts, sciences, ecology, and business.)


Web Of Knowledge (Interdisciplinary social science and science journal coverage.)


ABI/INFORM Complete (Includes business and financial information, management techniques, business trends, management practice and theory, corporate strategy and tactics, and the competition environment. Click-on the "Peer reviewed" box on the search page.)


PsycINFO (Provides comprehensive indexing and abstracts of the international psychological literature from the 1800s to the present. Documents indexed include journals, articles, books, dissertations and more. Click-on the "Peer reviewed" box on the search page.)







last updated: 7/19/2011