Peer-reviewed publications are targeted to those working in college and universities and specific fields of research. "Peer review" means that before being published in the journal, each article has undergone critical evaluation for accuracy and reliability by a panel of experts and authorities in the field.
Characteristics of a Peer-Reviewed Publication
- Long, in-depth articles.
- Often contains charts, graphs or tables.
- Minimal images and advertisements (publisher-specific only).
- Specialized or field-specific language and jargon.
- Non-biased and objective.
- Extensive bibliographies and copious footnotes.
- Abstracts, introductions, research questions, literature reviews, methods, results, conclusions, etc.
- Usually issued quarterly or semi-annual frequency, or sometimes monthly.
Inform scholars, faculty, and students in higher education of new research and findings.
are experts in their fields: professionals conducting primary research, authoritative figures, professors and scholars. Credentials are either provided or easy to access.
Often an organization will publish the journal, i.e. the Journal of Marketing is published by the American Marketing Association.
Locate Peer Reviewed Articles
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Note: Even if you restrict a database search to bring back only "peer-reviewed" article results, keep in mind that those results will still contain editorial and opinion pieces, book reviews, news blurbs, and other types of short, non-scholarly articles not acceptable for academic research but which appear in peer reviewed publications anyway.
Ulrichsweb: Global Serials Directory If you want to verify that a particular periodical is peer reviewed, search for it in Ulrichsweb, and look for the peer review symbol.
Last Update: December 7, 2015