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Where Can I Find Peer-Reviewed Journals?

Many databases, including those from ProQuest, WilsonWeb, and Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA), allow users to limit their search to peer-review/refereed journals only.

To verify if a journal is peer reviewed or refereed, try using the UrlrichsWeb database.
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory  

You will see the search box for UlrichsWeb. See the example and instructions below: 
    It should be noted that Ulrich's does not judge the relative merits of specific publications and the peer-review process. Instead, journals are identified as peer-reviewed based on the journal publisher's self-reported designation.

Video on Using Ulrichs to Locate Peer Reviewed Journals


Peer Reviewed or Refereed?

Both peer-reviewed and refereed journals ARE scholarly journals. The difference lies mainly in the way article review is conducted and the intended audience of a journal.

Peer-reviewed journals

  • Scholarly peer review is the process when authors submit their scholarly work (articles, conference papers, research) to the scrutiny of peers who are experts in that field. The Ulrich's Periodical Directory database can be used to see if a journal is identified as a peer-reviewed publication.
  • Audience of the article is always the scholarly reader.

Refereed journals

  • Articles in a refereed journal have to be reviewed by "referees" who are experts in the field who are not members of the editorial staff or board.
  • Refereed articles are not as rigorously evaluated as peer-reviewed articles.
  • In many cases the article has been subjected to a blind review process by one or more external readers who are not associated with the editorial board of the journal.
  • Audience of the article may be the scholarly reader OR the general public.

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