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Is there a list of peer reviewed journals on the web?

There is not a list of peer reviewed journals freely available on the Web. To help determine if a particular journal is peer-reviewed, refer to the journal itself (either to an individual issue of the journal or to the publisher's website.

Sometimes journals will have a descriptive paragraph in their opening pages that specifies that the journal is peer-reviewed. Instructions to authors may indicate that manuscript submissions will be peer-reviewed. More subtly, instructions that require multiple copies of the manuscript indicate that they will be sent out for review.

Scott Memorial Library has a reference book, Ulrich's Periodicals Directory (Z 6941 U45 2009), that does the job by designating whether a journal is peer reviewed (they use the term "refereed"). An arrow symbol before the journal title designates a refereed journal in Ulrich's. Ulrich's Directory is also browsable by subject categories.

Some databases make it easy to identify peer-reviewed articles by including limits that allow searches to be restricted. Databases that include peer-reviewed limits: Ebsco CINAHL: Click the box for Peer Reviewed under Refine your results. Ovid PsycINFO: About 99% of the journals in the database are peer-reviewed.

Although MEDLINE standards for indexing journals require that journals included in the database are noteworthy, inclusion in MEDLINE is no guarantee that a journal is peer-reviewed.



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