Guide to Peer-Reviewed Journals   What is a Peer-Reviewed Journal?

Guide to Peer-Reviewed Journals


What is a Peer-Reviewed Journal?


Examples of peer-reviewed journals:

Journal of the American Medical Association
North American Journal of Economics and Finance
Rural Sociology
Twentieth Century British History
Journal of Women, Politics & Policy

Identifying a Peer-Reviewed Journal

There is no one place you can go for a list of all peer-reviewed journals. The most authoritative source available is Ulrich's Periodicals Directory which is currently only available in print.  

Using Ulrich's Periodicals Directory in print:

The print version of Ulrich's Periodicals Directory is available in the UCR Libraries. The record (Call #: is Z6941.U472) can be retrieved in the Scotty Catalog by doing a Title/Periodical Title search for Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. Journals with an arrow pointed to them are refereed/peer-reviewed. See the example below.



Front Cover (45th Edition, 2007)

An excerpt of Part of a Page

Note: Only full-length articles in a refereed journal identified by Ulrich's Periodicals Directory are peer-reviewed. Short articles like editorials, reviews, or commentaries, are not peer-reviewed.

If you have any confusion identifying a peer-reviewed article, please feel free to contact our Reference Librarians.

Limiting to Peer-Reviewed Articles in Online Databases

Many online databases that include both popular and scholarly articles have the option to search only for articles that are "Peer Reviewed" or "Refereed." You can check the box for "Peer Reviewed" or "Refereed" to retrieve only peer reviewed articles. You can also check the Help screens of databases to find out if limiting by peer review is available and how to use this function. Examples of the popular interfaces of the online databases are as the following:













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Learn More:

Finding Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (University of South Florida)

If you have any questions, please contact our Reference Librarians.

A scholarly journal which requires that each article submitted for publication be judged by an independent panel of experts (scholarly or scientific peers). Peer-reviewed articles are also called refereed articles. In many cases the article has been subjected to a blind review process (author's name is not known) by one or more external readers. Articles not approved by a majority of these peers are not accepted for publication by the journal.
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