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Help with Journals

Journal abbreviations, tips on finding journals, journal metrics

What is peer review?

Peer review is a process by which articles submitted to journals are critiqued by a panel of experts knowledgeable about the subject/content of the article.  These are peer reviewers.  They assess articles based upon:

  • originality of ideas
  • significance of findings based on current body of knowledge
  • ability to reproduce the experiment or data


This process ensures articles are of high quality prior to publication.


Video 1. Explanation of the peer review process

Peer-reviewed journals

To determine if a journal is peer-reviewed:

1. Use Ulrich's (a database about journals) to determine if the journal is peer-reviewed or refereed 

Video 2. Using a database or Ulrich's to determine if a journal is peer-reviewed.



2. Go to the journal's website and look at the article submission guidelines or intructions for authors section or instruction for reviewers to determine if the journal has a peer review process.