Note: 'Peer reviewed' and 'refereed' are synonyms.
How do you know if an article is from a peer-reviewed journal? Some databases allow you to limit your search to peer-reviewed journals. For other databases, you need to look up the title of the journal in Ulrich's Directory.
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. Look for the JOURNAL TITLE in your search results.
3. In the search results, look for a referee jersey icon to indicate that a journal is refereed. Refereed means the same as peer reviewed.
4. The Journal of Infectious Diseases IS peer reviewed.
REMEMBER: It's the JOURNAL that's peer reviewed/refereed, so you are looking for the JOURNAL TITLE in your search results, NOT the article title.
Not necessarily. It is also possible that some contents of a peer reviewed journal will not have been peer reviewed.
For example, editorials may not be peer reviewed but research articles generally will be. This varies from journal to journal; look for "about the journal" or "instructions to authors" or "journal homepage" for guidance on this. See the following examples:
When the manuscript of an article is submitted to a peer-reviewed journal, independent experts are asked to read and comment on the manuscript. If approved by the reviewers, the manuscript is accepted for publication as an article in the journal.
Journals have different peer review standards and procedures but there are a few main types:
Every journal describes their specific peer review process in the author guidelines section of their website.
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