The Oxford English Dictionary defines peer review as:
'The process by which an academic journal passes a paper submitted for publication to independent experts for comments on its suitability and worth; refereeing.'
How do you know if a journal is peer reviewed?
- Use Ulrichsweb to check if a journal is peer reviewed.indicates the journal is refereed ie peer reviewed.
- You can also google the journal name. Most journals that have a peer review process will have this information somewhere on their website. However, put your critical hat on to identify predatory journals.
- You can 'refine' or limit your search to peer reviewed journals in some databases eg, CINAHL Plus
- Not every article in a peer reviewed journal has been through the peer review process eg editorials, letters, book reviews.
Peer review doesn't mean a friend has looked at what you have written and commented on or changed any of the content.