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What is Peer Review?
If a work is peer reviewed or refereeed, it means that it was evaluated by other experts in that field to ensure that the research and findings are credible before it was published.
How do I know if something is peer reviewed?
Check-Off Peer Reviewed
Many article databases have checkboxes that allow you to narrow your results to peer-reviewed journals.
Check the Journal Website
Find the journal website. Most journals will say if they're peer reviewed on their "About" page. If the website doesn't say anything about peer review, it probably isn't a peer reviewed journal.
Test your knowledge: Is it peer reviewed?
Examples: Peer Reviewed Journals in Education
- Higher Education
- Studies in Higher Education
- Teaching in Higher Education
- Journal of Higher Education
- Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Examples: Non-Peer Reviewed Sources in Education
Assessing Journal Quality
Journal rankings can be used as a rough measure of journal quality. They are imperfect measures that indicate how frequently the average article in that journal is cited by other sources.
Journal Citation Reports
Use this tool to find the Journal Impact Factor and other metrics for 8,500+ journals indexed in the Web of Science, a large interdisciplinary database of scholarly research.
Scopus Sources Preview
Use this tool to find the CiteScore and other metrics for 25,000+ journals indexed in Scopus, a large interdisciplinary database of scholarly research.