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What is a scholarly journal or article?

A scholarly journal article is an article written by someone with academic qualifications or expert knowledge and aimed at a scholarly audience. It reports on original research findings and includes citations.

What does peer reviewed mean?

Peer-reviewed articles, also called refereed journal articles, are a particular type of scholarly article which have undergone extra checking by experts in the field prior to publication.

How to determine if an article is scholarly or peer reviewed?

If searching in a library database:

  • Check to see if there is a box on the database search page that allows you to limit your search results to  Refereed/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 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 or Refereed. Although be aware that not all the contents of a refereed journal will be refereed (e.g. books reviews, practice, commentaries, editorials).
  • Go to Ulrichsweb.com, under "Quick Search" drop to "Title (keyword)" and type in the journal title. Next to journal titles which include at least some refereed content is the image of a “referees shirt’.
  • Also you can click on the journal title and you will see down the page "Refereed - yes or no".