What does "peer reviewed" mean?
If an article is peer reviewed, it was reviewed by scholars who are experts in related academic or professional fields before it was published. Those scholars assessed the quality of the article's research, as well as its overall contribution to the literature in their field.
When we talk about peer-reviewed journals, we're referring to journals that use a peer-review process.
Related terms you might hear include:
Learn more: Peer-Review Guide
Remember! In addition to research articles, sometimes journals that use a peer review process will also publish material that wasn't reviewed, such as editorial letters, news items, or book reviews. If you're not sure, you can use this checklist to help you identify scholarly, research-based articles.
Here's how you can check the peer-review status of a journal using Ulrichsweb:
Here's how you can check the peer-review status of a journal using Serials Directory:
How do I find peer-reviewed articles?
Most article databases allow you to filter results by peer-review. Look for the Peer-Review check box, tab, or button.