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Create, Communicate, Connect library guide

What is peer-reviewed?

Peer-reviewed articles are a particular type of scholarly article which have undergone extra checking by experts in the field prior to publication. Watch the video below for a quick explanation:

If using Library Search or other library databases:

  • Check to see if there is a box on the database search page that allows you to limit your search results to Peer Reviewed journal articles.   

If wanting to check specific journal titles/articles here are some options: 

  • Look at the article itself for a header or similar which indicates refereed or peer reviewed.
  • Look at the table of contents of the journal. Often items are grouped under a heading like "reviewed articles".
  • Check the journal's website to see if a statement is made about the content being Peer Reviewed. Be aware that not all the contents of a peer reviewed journal will be reviewed (e.g. books reviews, practice, commentaries, editorials).


Using Ulrichsweb:

  • Select Ulrichsweb and type in the journal title. Next to the journal title, if it is peer reviewed, is the image of a “referee’s shirt’.
  • You can also select the journal title and you will see down the page "Refereed - yes or no".

Ulrichsweb screenshot with the refereed icon highlighed.