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Research Guides

Jackman Humanities Institute - Scholars in Residence - 2023

A library guide supporting research projects included in the JHI SiR 2020 program.

What is Peer-Reviewed?

Not all journal articles are peer-reviewed because not all journals are peer-reviewed.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals are reviewed by a group of the writer's peers (other academics in their field) before the articles are published.

It might sound confusing, but you know that an article is peer-reviewed if it comes from a peer-reviewed journal.

You can find out if a journal (and its articles) is peer-reviewed by searching for the journal title in Ulrich's, as described in the box to the right.

What is Ulrich's?

Ulrich's periodical directory is a tool that allows you to check if the journal in which an article is published is peer-reviewed.  This is important as your instructors will often insist that you use peer-reviewed journals.

Peer-reviewed journals are reviewed by a committee of peers (other researchers in the field). Content is approved by the committee before it is published.

Is Your Journal Article Peer-Reviewed?

How do you know if the articles in a journal are peer-reviewed? Check Ulrich's.

Some databases allow you to limit to peer-reviewed articles. For other databases, you need to look up the title of the journal in Ulrich's.

1. Go to Ulrich's:  Click to open Ulrich's.

2. Type the JOURNAL TITLE (not the article title) into the search box, and click the green search button.

 search ulrichs for journal title

3. In the search results, look for a referee jersey icon to indicate that a journal is refereed, which is a synonym for peer-reviewed.

look for referee jersey icon in search results


4. Or you can click on a journal 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.

peer reviewed journals will say yes, refereed.

 5. The Journal of Infectious Diseases IS peer reviewed.