Q. How can I tell if a journal is peer-reviewed?
A peer-reviewed journal (sometimes also called a refereed journal) can be recognized by the following characteristics:
1. It is concerned with academic study.
2. The articles contain bibliographies of cited and related works.
3. The articles are written and reviewed by experts in the field.
4. The author's credentials and institutional affiliation are included (e.g., they are a professor at X University)
5. Often, an abstract of the article is included at the beginning of the article.
6. The articles report on original research; reviews and evaluates material that has already been published; or expands and refines a theory.
7. The journal is published by a professional association, society, research association, or academic institution.
If you have a particular journal you are wondering about, send us the name of the journal and we can check for you. If you want immediate assistance, call the reference desk at 269-387-5178.
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