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International Studies

This guide lists American University Library databases and print resources, and free Web sites that are of use to the study and research of International Studies.

How to tell whether a journal is peer reviewed?

If you are not sure whether a scholarly journal is peer reviewed or refereed, try these methods.

  • Go to the website of the journal. The peer review, also known as referee, process is time and labor intensive; therefore, publishers will mention it if the title is peer reviewed.
  • Use the database Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. This is a directory of journals, magazines and newspapers and indicates whether the title is refereed. Ulrichs is especially useful for titles that have ceased publication.
  • Some databases, such as those from EBSCO and ProQuest, have a check box that allows one to limit their search results to peer-reviewed items.

A note of caution: not all articles in a peer-reviewed journal are peer reviewed.  Book reviews, editor's introductions, letters and commentaries, for examples, are not peer reviewed.