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Peer Review in 3 Minutes

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What are peer reviewed articles?

Peer reviewed articles are written by experts and are reviewed by several other experts in the field before the article is published in a journal in order to insure the article's quality. In most cases the reviewers do not know who the author of the article is, so that the article succeeds or fails on its own merit, not the reputation of the expert. 

How to determine if an article is peer reviewed?

  1. Limit your search to Peer Reviewed Journals in research databases or Bearcat Search.
  2. Google the title of the journal to locate the publisher's website. Does it state it is peer reviewed? What is the process for submitting materials to the publication? Does it go through a peer review process?
  3. Does the article format approximate the following: Abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion, and references? Are the articles written by scholarly researchers in the field that the periodical pertains to? Is advertising non-existent, or kept to a minimum? Are there references listed in footnotes or bibliographies? If you answered yes to all these questions, the journal may very well be peer-reviewed.