Answered By: Mary Fairbairn
Last Updated: Nov 10, 2017     Views: 2297

N.B. You can verify that the journal in which an article is published is refereed/peer reviewed, but certain items in these journals are not, themselves, refereed/peer reviewed (such as letters to the editor, book reviews, and blog excerpts). Typically, only the formal articles are actually subject to the process. See #3, below, for ways of finding out for sure.

To confirm that your journal article is from a refereed/peer-reviewed publication AFTER you already have it, there are three options:

  1. In some journals, you will find "submitted/revised/accepted" dates on the first page of each article. These dates tell you when the article went through the various steps of the peer-review/referee process.

  2. Search for the journal title (NOT the article title) in UlrichsWeb. In the resulting list of records, look next to the journal title for the symbol that resembles a referee's jersey:

    Refereed symbol
  3. Finally, the most authoritative place to look is the journal's website. Just Google the name of the journal. Look for a description of the journal that says "peer-reviewed" there. Also, look at the information for authors or review policy pages. These will often detail the peer-review process for each journal, including which sections of the journal are reviewed and which are merely edited.

    info from website

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