Identifying Peer-Reviewed Content
This workshop explains what peer review is and how you can identify whether an article is peer-reviewed.
To identify whether an article is peer-reviewed*
- Check the journal article itself. Is there an indication at the top about peer review?Is there mention of peer review in an Acknowledgements or Additional Information section?
- Check the journal website – perhaps in the About, Editorial Policies, or Instructions to the Author sections. Do these mention a peer-review process?
- If so, does the journal specify which sections are or are not peer-reviewed?
- Check the database in which you are searching. Does it allow you to limit your search to peer-reviewed content?
*These instructions may vary depending on the specific journal or database you’re looking at.
Task for Learning
Identify whether a particular article is peer-reviewed.