What is Peer Review?
The peer-review process is the system by which much scholarly work is judged for quality and strength. Peer reviewed journals are publications that include only those articles that have been reviewed and/or qualified by a selected panel of acknowledged experts in the field of study covered by the journal.
How do I verify if something is peer reviewed?
Many of the library's databases will indicate if a journal is peer reviewed in the record for an article. You can also select "Peer Reviewed" or "Scholarly Journals" from the search limits from your results screen. Peer reviewed and scholarly may be used interchangeably depending on which database you are using. OneSearch also has the option to select "peer reviewed" from the filters on the right-hand side of the screen.
To check if a journal is peer reviewed, use the Serials Directory database (linked below or from the Articles & Databases list on the BC Library website). Type the name of the journal into the search box to find the record for the journal. Click on the title to open the record, and the journal's Peer Review status is listed.
Even if a journal itself is peer reviewed, not all of the content of a journal issue is subject to the peer review process.