You have been assigned to write a research paper for class and your teacher has told you to include scholarly journals and peer reviewed journals.
- Peer reviewed, refereed and juried journals -- these words all mean the same thing when we talk about journals. They are scholarly journals in which the scholarship of each article has been reviewed by experts in the same field and found acceptable, before the article is published in the journal.
- Scholarly journals contain articles written by professors or researchers. The authors have expertise in the field in the form of formal education or experience. These articles will most often be reports on original research, theory, experimentation, or methodology. They can also be articles that review the current status of a field or subject. Each article will include footnotes and bibliographies citing the author's literature research. These journals are published by universities, scholarly publishers, and academic or professional organizations. Not all scholarly journals are peer reviewed.
FUN FACT: Peer reviewed/refereed/juried journals are considered the most significant of the scholarly journals.
- Consult Ulrich’s International online.
Once in Ulrich's, change the search from “keyword” to “Title (exact)” and type in the title of your journal. Choose your journal title from the list that shows up from your search, then scroll down the page looking for “Refereed – Yes”
You can also access a direct link to journal information in Ulrich's on the Find It menu. (For a demonstration of this process, click on the Ulrich's International link on the Find It tutorial. (This tutorial shows you how to: Scroll down to the bottom of the Find It page. Click “more including report a problem.” Scroll down to “Get info on this title in Ulrich's Intl Periodicals Directory”. Click this link to go to the journal listing in Ulrich’s online. See a sample record from Ulrich's International.)
Printed resources: If you are in the Terrell Library reference section, you can locate Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory ( Ref Z6941 .U51 ).
Another reference book you can use is The Serials Directory: An International Reference Book ( Ref Z6941 .S47 ). It also includes information on peer review status in the description of each journal.
In print journals, look for a section entitled "Instructions to Authors" (or something similar) in the journal itself. Instructions to Authors can usually be found at the front of the print journal. This section should indicate whether articles are sent out for review before acceptance for publication. In that case, the journal is considered "peer reviewed."
In electronic journals, look for a link that says "instructions to authors," or "for authors."
- Some online databases, like EBSCO, allow you to limit your search results to scholarly or peer-reviewed journals. Other databases, like Web of Science, only cover scholarly journals.
- You can also consult the reference librarian in any of the campus libraries.