How to tell if a journal is peer reviewed

Monday, February 12, 2018

Transcript:
This short video will give you tips on how to tell if a journal is peer reviewed. Some journals are peer-reviewed, meaning that experts in the field review the articles before they are published. Not all journals go through the peer-review process. There are three main ways to find out if a journal is peer reviewed. Number one, check the journal’s website. Simply google the name of the journal and find its official website. Once there look at the editorial statement or instructions to authors for references to the peer-review process. References to the process could include words like “Peer Review, Refereed, Reviewed, or Blind Review”. Number 2, limit your search to peer-reviewed sources only. Some periodical indexes or article databases allow you to limit your search to peer-reviewed sources simply by selecting a tab or checking a box on the search screen. Number 3, you can search for the journal name in Ulrich’s Global Serials Directory to determine if a journal is peer-reviewed. Simply type in the name of the journal, then check for the referee jersey symbol. This symbol indicates that the journal is peer-reviewed. You can also click on the journal title to see the full record. In the full record, there will be information on whether or not it is peer-reviewed. Helpful Hint: Even if a journal is peer-reviewed, an individual article in that journal may not be. Some article types, including book or articles reviews letters, editorials, or news items, may not have gone through the peer-review process. When in doubt, check with a library staff member, your professor, instructor or teaching assistant. This concludes this short video. Thank you for listening

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