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SOC101 Library Research Skills Guide: Peer Review

Find Peer reviewed articles

Articles published in peer reviewed or refereed journals have been through a formal approval process. This process is intended to ensure that the article is:

  • accurate
  • well-researched
  • contributing to the body of knowledge in the field

To find peer reviewed articles:

  • Select to show only peer reviewed journals in Primo Search
  • Limit to peer reviewed or scholarly journals in journal databases

However, as these options are just an indication of peer review status the definitive way to find out if your article has been peer reviewed is to use Ulrichsweb Global Periodicals Directory.

Using Ulrich's Web Global Serials Directory

To check if an article comes from a peer reviewed journal:

  • Search for the journal title (not the article title) or the journal ISSN
  • Locate the journal on the results list
  • If there is a referee jumper () in the column on the left it means the journal (and therefore the article) is peer reviewed. In the United States of America they refer to the peer review process as refereeing, hence the referee jumper

Why is peer-review important?
Articles published in peer-reviewed or refereed journals have been through a formal approval process. An editor and one or more subject specialists review the article before it is accepted for publication. This process is intended to ensure that the article is accurate, well-researched, and contributes to the body of knowledge in the field.

Finding sociology-related journals

To confirm that an article is published in a sociology or related journal (sometimes it isn't obvious from the journal title), you will need to take a look at the journal's full record in Ulrichs Web Global Serials Directory.

  • Search for the journal title (not the article title)
  • Locate the journal on the results list, and select the title to view the full record
  • Read the journal description, which gives you an idea as to what areas the journal predominately covers
  • Expand the Subject Classifications tab to see a more explicit list of major subject areas

Why does the journal type matter?
The subject area of a journal is important because it will impact the way someone writes about an issue.

For example, an article from an education journal may discuss teaching practice in a co-educational school from a behavioural perspective but this may not describe the same concept from a sociological perspective which might discuss gender-norms.

Peer Review