Kean University Library FAQ Guide
What is a scholarly (peer reviewed) journal or article?
A scholarly (peer reviewed) journal/article is a journal/article critiqued or reviewed by peers in a specific field. Peers are defined as colleagues or authorities in the same field. For example, the Journal of Psychology is a scholarly (peer reviewed) journal. Therefore, you can assume that the articles in this journal have been critiqued or reviewed by the top scholars and doctorates in the psychology field. This article review process prior to publication ensures that the articles are of top quality.
How can I identify if a print journal or article is peer reviewed?
If you have the print copy of the journal that contains the article, you can turn to the editorial policy page toward the front of the issue and check if the editors state that the journal contains peer reviewed or refereed articles.
How do I identify if an online journal or article is peer reviewed?
There are many different databases available in the Kean University Library, and many of these databases provide features to filter or target scholarly (peer reviewed) articles. However, instead of providing you with directions for each database, it is recommended that you examine the full-text article itself and use visual cues to determine if a particular article is scholarly. Provided below are some recommended visual guides:
1. If the journal title actually contains the term, “journal,” this will be the first indication that the journal will be scholarly (peer reviewed). However, please note that there are publications with the term, “journal” in the title that are not scholarly (peer reviewed), for example, the newspaper, The Daily Journal.”
2. In a scholarly (peer reviewed) article, the author(s) will most likely list their academic credentials and affiliations at the beginning of the article.
3. The scholarly (peer reviewed)
References: . 7. The scholarly (peer reviewed) article will treat the subject matter in a serious manner, not an entertaining or humorous manner. Images and illustration are used sparingly and only when visual displays are deemed more appropriate than written text. Also, since a scholarly (peer reviewed) article treats subject matter in a serious manner, the article is usually fairly long. 8. The scholarly (peer reviewed) article uses scholarly terminology rather than slang. For example, a non-scholarly article about teenagers might use the term, “teens” while a scholarly article is more likely to refer to this cohort group as “adolescents.” What if I still am unsure if a periodical is scholarly (peer reviewed)? If you are still unsure if a journal or an article is scholarly (peer reviewed), ask a Reference Librarian for assistance. Copyright © 2004, Kean University Library Created by Ms. Caroline Geck (Edited by Ms. Linda Cifelli.). March 1, 2004