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CHEM 187: Foundations of Teaching & Learning Science: Peer Review Process

Resources to locate journals and other information sources for the Chem 187 research paper.

Peer Review Process

How to tell if a source is peer reviewed

Use a database and its limits/filters

Most databases have a “peer reviewed” or “refereed” limiter that you can check while searching

Google the source/publication title

Check the journal’s description in “journal information” or “about this journal” to see if it is peer reviewed/refereed

Check a directory 

The Ulrich’s Periodical Directory database lists journals and this icon    tells you if it is peer reviewed/refereed

One of the key differences between scholarly journals and popular sources like magazines is that articles submitted for publication scholarly journals go through this peer review process. It's after this review of the article by the experts in the field (the authors' peers) that the journal editors determine if the article should be accepted or rejected. They could also accept pending minor revisions, or request more substantial revisions and then review it again.

Some of the Library databases index all or mostly scholarly sources, while others index primarily popular sources like our newspaper databases. Others like Academic Source Complete index both types of sources, in which case you can easily limit your searches the peer-reviewed articles only.