What is a peer-reviewed journal?

A peer-reviewed (sometimes called refereed) journal is one with a rigorous selection and editorial process.  When an author or group of authors submit an article, a jury of their peers (others with expertise in the field of study) review the article and then decide whether or not the article should be published.  Sometimes the jury members make suggestions for improvement, asking the author to recalculate data or re-write a section. Because the process is rigorous, peer-reviewed articles are considered to be very reliable.  Peer-reviewed journal articles can be found in several of the library's databases:

  •  Academic Search Premier JSTOR PsycArticles ProQuest  ScienceDirect In Academic Search Premier and ProQuest
  • make sure the "Scholarly journals" box is checked.
  • The only way to know for certain that an article is from a peer-reviewed source is: if the words "peer-reviewed" or "juried" appear in the bibliographic information about the journal by checking the journal's web site or by checking with a librarian (who can consult a reference book containing that information).

The full text of some peer-reviewed journal articles may be found on the internet through search engines such as Google Scholar; most, however, are not available free of charge. Learn more about this topic: http://tacomacc.libguides.com/peer_reviewed


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