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How do I know if a journal if peer-reviewed?

What is Peer-Review?

Peer-reviewed articles have been evaluated by several researchers or subject specialist in the academic community prior to accepting it for publication. Also known as scholarly or refereed.

Verify that a journal is peer-reviewed by looking up the journal title in Ulrich's Periodicals Directory or on the journal's website.

Remember that there may be content in peer-reviewed journals which is not peer-reviewed. These may be book reviews, letters, or front and back matter. Consult a librarian if you're not sure.

You can also filter search results to display only peer-reviewed articles in most databases.

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Journal Impact Factor (JIF)

“the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited in the JCR year”


  • calculated by dividing the number of citations in the JCR year by the total number of articles published in the two previous years
  • Example: For a particular journal, there are 200 papers published in 2014 and 150 papers published in 2015. In the year 2016, the total 350 articles were cited 650 times


The Impact factor (2016)=   (total no. of citations obtained in 2016 from previous two years of publications)
(total no. of papers published in 2014 and 2015) 

650 / 350 =1.85

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