Q. How do I know if a journal is peer reviewed?
If you are performing a keyword search within many databases such as EBSCO (Academic Search Premier) or ProQuest databases, you may select to limit to Scholarly or Peer Reviewed journals before you perform your search to help eliminate non-scholarly sources from your results.
If you are looking at an article that you did not receive from such a search you may 1) review the status in library tools such as Full Text Finder OR 2) review the journal's webpage for information.
- The most accurate way will be to use Full Text Finder also known as A to Z. To use this tool, you will enter in the search box the name of the journal, such as Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Select the title of this journal in Full Text Finder and you will be given an information page about the journal. At the bottom of information is 'peer-reviewed' and it will say yes or no.
- Alternately you can use Google to search for the journal title. Look for the journal webpage and review what they say about the journal. Frequently the 'About the Journal' page will say specifically. Some journals may provide information for 'reviewers' which will indicate a peer reviewed process. You can also look at what is said about the journal in other places, such as Wikipedia, just be certain to review where they are sourcing their information from.
If neither of the above methods seem to work, you can review the Anatomy of a Scholarly Journal website and see if your journal article has the same elements.