A scholarly (peer-Reviewed) journal, sometimes called a
“refereed” journal, contains articles that have been
critiqued or reviewed by peers in a specific academic field
or discipline. Peers are defined as colleagues or
authorities in the same field. For example, the Journal of
Psychology is a scholarly (peer-Reviewed) journal.
Therefore, you can assume that the articles in this journal
have been critiqued or reviewed by scholars in the
psychology field. This review process prior to publication
ensures that the articles are of high quality.
Here are some tips for identifying a peer-reviewed
the journal title
contains the term “journal” this
will often indicate that the journal will be scholarly
(peer-reviewed). Some publications, however, contain the
word journal but are not scholarly (peer-reviewed), for
example, newspapers such as The Daily Journal or The Wall
a scholarly (peer-reviewed) article, the author(s) will most
likely list their academic
credentials and affiliations at
the beginning of the article.
scholarly (peer-reviewed) article will usually begin
with an abstract (summary) section.
scholarly (peer-reviewed) article will either introduce an original
study or experiment, or
alternatively will be a literature review that
evaluates research by other scholars.
scholarly (peer-reviewed) article’s tone
is not opinionated, biased, or advisory. Rather,
the scholarly (peer-reviewed) article will present a
hypothesis and support the hypothesis with facts,
original research, and other scholars’ cited works.
scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles cited
be listed at the end of the article. This list of references
or bibliography usually will be labeled with the term
“References” or “Works Cited”.
scholarly (peer-reviewed) article will
treat the subject matter in a serious manner, not
an entertaining or humorous manner. Images and illustrations
are used sparingly and only when visual displays are deemed
more appropriate than written text. Also, since a scholarly
(peer-reviewed) article treats subject matter in a serious
manner, the article
is usually fairly long.
scholarly (peer-reviewed) article uses scholarly
terminology rather than slang. For example, a
non-scholarly article about teenagers might use the term
“teens,” while a scholarly article is more likely to refer
to this cohort group as “adolescents.”
How can I
identify if a print journal is peer reviewed?
If you have the print copy of the journal that contains the
article, you can turn to the editorial policy page toward
the front of the issue and check if the editors state that
the journal contains peer reviewed or refereed articles.
How do I identify if an online journal is peer reviewed?
Many of the library’s databases provide the option to limit
your search to scholarly/peer-reviewed articles. Although
this limit option will limit the search results to articles
published in scholarly/peer-reviewed journals, the results
may also include letters to the editor, editorials, and book
reviews, all of which have not gone through a peer-review
To find out whether a journal is peer reviewed or not, you
can Search the journal title in Ulrich's
Periodicals Directory (accessible on campus
is a database that lists thousands of journal titles in all
academic and popular subjects; it will also tell you whether
a journal is peer–reviewed or not
· Please note that
Ulrich’s does not contain
all journal titles
To get to Ulrich’s from the Library
to the Library’s
search for Ulrich's
Periodicals Directory to
access it online
Ulrich's, Type the title of the journal in the search box,
of Popular Culture” and
· The quotation
make Ulrich’s find the exact
this icon appears: next
to a journal title, it means that the journal is
peer-reviewed, or refereed, as they call it in
Ulrich’s. That icon is supposed to be a referee’s shirt
the title of the journal that you’re searching to see its
full record. There will be a line saying “Refereed” and
“Yes” if it’s peer-reviewed. If it’s not peer-reviewed, it
will either say “No” or the “Refereed” line won’t be there
What if I still am unsure if a periodical is scholarly
If you are still unsure if an article is scholarly
a Reference Librarian for