Answered By: Rachel Kennedy - Library Support
Last Updated: Aug 15, 2017     Views: 55

What is peer-reviewed?
A peer-reviewed journal requires that all the articles go through a peer-review process before being accepted for publication. The article will be sent to academics or experts in the field who will read it and agree that it contains well-researched, relevant and original work. For this reason peer-reviewed journals are considered more authoritative than non peer-reviewed journals.

In general peer-reviewed journals have an editorial board, while other journals will just have an editor.

How do I know if an article is peer-reviewed?
There are a few different ways to check that the article you have found is from a peer-reviewed journal, depending on how you found the article. 

If you are searching in one of the databases or within the library catalogue, it will be possible to narrow your search to only include material from peer-reviewed journals. 

If you have found an article in a print journal you can check whether there is one editor or an editorial board.  You can also look at the journal's webpage, they will usually describe the editorial process used for submissions.

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