Wednesday, February 1, 2006

What Does "Peer-Reviewed" Mean?

If you've been asked to use peer-reviewed journals or articles in your research this means that you need material that has been critically assessed by experts or scholars in the author's field or specialty. Publishers of peer-reviewed (sometimes called refereed or scholarly) journals have a process where expert reviewers evaluate drafts of submitted articles before they are selected to be published. This ensures that the content of peer-reviewed articles is as valid and reliable as possible.

Peer-reviewed journals can often be identified by searching our library research databases. Many of those databases allow you to limit your search results to those journals that are peer-reviewed or scholarly. Another way is by looking at the journal's web site or within the journal itself. Some journals will identify themselves as peer-reviewed. You may also want to look at the editorial statements or instructions to contributors: within this information you will usually discover if a journal uses a peer-review process. For more details: Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals

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