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?
Some databases, including CINAHL and SOCIndex will indicate if a journal is peer reviewed in the record for an article or allow you to select "Peer Reviewed" or "Scholarly Journals" from the search limits. Peer reviewed and scholarly may be used interchangeably depending on which database you are using.
MEDLINE DOES NOT have a peer reviewed limiter as journals that are included in Medline are high quality, credible, and scholarly and are all peer reviewed, except for key periodicals such as MMWR.
To check if a journal is peer reviewed by using 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 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.