SOC 110: Introduction to Sociology: What is Peer-Reviewed?

Information on finding sociological scholarly journal research articles.

What is Peer-Reviewed?

Peer-reviewed journals publish articles that have been reviewed by experts in the field.  

These highly respected experts (peers, referees, reviewers) read  the submitted article and decide if it is acceptable for publication.  If the article is acceptable, peer-reviewers may suggest changes or corrections.

Peer-reviewed articles are also known as referreed articles; generally these are found in scholarly journals.

Not all scholarly journal articles are peer-reviewed.  Professional journals may also be peer-reviewed.


Most (but not all) databases will have a peer-reviewed limiter. 

You'll find the peer-reviewed limit box (see image to right) under the Advanced Search option.

Peer-Reviewed limit not available? 

Check Ulrich's Periodicals Directory to determine if  the article's journal is peer-reviewed. 


At the beginning of a peer-reviewed journal--generally on the inside front cover--you'll see a listing of many editors with their college or university affiliation listed after their names. 

These are the peers or referrees who review the articles.  

Peer Reviewed