What is peer review?
Peer-reviewed (scholarly) articles are reviewed by scholars and other experts in the field before being approved for publication. This helps to ensure the integrity of the article. Not all articles are peer-reviewed. Newspapers and popular magazines are not peer-reviewed. Also, publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education and Education Week are not peer-reviewed.
The scholarly/peer-reviewed article is visibly different from articles found in magazines. For instance, the scholarly journal does not contain advertisements or glossy photos like magazines contain. The scholarly article contains technical language as the articles are written by and for faculty, researchers, or scholars. Scholarly articles are typically at least three pages, but are usually even longer. In fact, they can be quite lengthy. They also include a complete bibliography.
· Peer-review checkbox/filter/limiter: Most databases have a checkbox for limiting search results to scholarly/peer-reviewed journals. The checkbox typically limits at the journal level rather than the article level. All of the articles in the journal will be peer reviewed, but things like editorials or book reviews may also show up. Editorials and book reviews are not peer reviewed even if they appear in a peer reviewed journal.
· Ulrichsweb: Ulrichsweb is the most comprehensive database for information about journals. Whether or not the journal is peer reviewed is one of the pieces of information you will find there. Ulrich’s uses the term refereed synonymously with peer-reviewed.
· Journal information sections: If you have access to the journal itself, check the front page of the print journal or the about section of an online journal. The area for information about author submissions may also tell you.