|The Peer Review Process
| What is peer review?
- The author sends their paper to a journal for approval.
- The journal sends the paper to other experts in the field to read and review.
- Reviewers can recommend that the journal publish the paper as-is, publish it with edits, or not publish it at all.
- The journal sends the paper back to the author if it needs editing.
- The author chooses whether to incorporate the suggested changes and may respond to reviewers’ comments.
- The process repeats until the paper is accepted to publish.
| Peer Reviewed Articles
| What does a peer reviewed article look like?
- Published in a peer reviewed journal
- Published with a summary (abstract)
- May feature a note on when the paper was submitted/accepted
- Like other scholarly works, full of source citations
- Papers in the sciences usually have discrete sections (“methodology”, “results”, etc.), graphs, charts or figures; humanities papers usually do not
- Author’s credentials are usually listed
- Substantial bibliography/works cited list
| Peer Reviewed Journals
| What does a peer reviewed journal look like?
- Peer reviewed journals usually tell you that they’re peer reviewed
- Mentioned in the front or back matter in a physical journal
- Mentioned in the journal information or submission guideline pages in an online journal
- Some databases indicate which journals are peer reviewed
- Periodical directories like Ulrich’s track which publications are peer reviewed
| Non-Peer Reviewed Sources
| What should I avoid when looking for peer reviewed material?
- Newspaper articles
- Magazine articles
- Ads or other sponsored material
- Book reviews
- Editorials or opinion pieces
- Conference proceedings
| Locating Peer Reviewed Articles
| How and where should I look for peer reviewed articles?
- Library OneSearch
- Scholarly and peer review filter
- Databases with scholarly/peer review filters
- Most EbscoHost databases
- Many Gale databases
- Some ProQuest databases