What is peer-review?
You will sometimes be asked to find and use peer-reviewed articles.
Peer-reviewed articles are:
- written by subject experts,
- reviewed by other subject experts ("peers'), and
- published in peer-reviewed journals.
Peer-reviewed journals are sometimes called refereed journals.
Peer-reviewed articles and journals are regarded as being more scholarly and authoritative than article and journals that are not peer-reviewed.
How to check if an article/journal is peer-reviewed
When you have a set of results in Primo Search, you can use one of the Show only options to narrow your results to articles from Peer-reviewed journals:
Some databases offer the option to limit or refine searches to peer-reviewed journals:
Notice how EBSCOhost calls them “Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals”. This raises questions about whether EBSCOhost’s limiter will provide accurate results, and the same problem might occur with Primo Search. So we might need to check or confirm that a journal is peer-reviewed...
Using Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory to check whether a journal is peer-reviewed
The most reliable way to check whether a journal is peer-reviewed is to check in the database Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Here's how:
- Locate Ulrichsweb in CSU Library’s list of U-Databases
- Use the default Basic Search to find the journal you are checking. Type in the name of the journal in double quotation marks;
- In the table of results, if the “Refereed” column for the journal includes an icon of a basketball referee’s shirt, that means the journal is peer-reviewed:
Using a journal’s website to check whether a journal is peer-reviewed
This information will usually be included in a section on information for authors or publication policies and procedures. A good way to find the homepage for a journal is to check in Ulrichsweb!!
An example of information from a journal website: