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EPY 2040: The Science of Learning: Peer Review



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. 

How to tell if an article is 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. 

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.

·        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  Editorials and book reviews are not peer reviewed even if they appear in a peer reviewed journal.

library database filter for peer reviewed articles