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MGHB02: Managing People & Groups in Organizations

Summer 2024

Academic Journals (including Peer-Review)

Understanding Peer-Review

What is Peer-Review?

Peer review is the process by which scholars critically appraise each other's work. It is intended to ensure a high level of scholarship in a journal and to improve the quality and readability of a manuscript. The terms "peer reviewed" and "refereed" mean the same thing.  are the same.

How do you know if the articles in a journal are peer-reviewed?

Some databases allow you to limit to peer-reviewed articles. You can also select the journal title link or go to the journal website to confirm that the publication is peer-reviewed. 

Another method is to look up the title of the journal in Ulrich's Periodical Directory.  Search for the journal title (not article title) click on to see the full record. If it says "Refereed: Yes," then you know the journal (and the articles published in it) are refereed/peer-reviewed.

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