Answered By: Laura Montanez
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2018     Views: 27

EBSCO, the company behind Quick Search, defines academic journals as "journals that publish articles which carry footnotes and bibliographies and whose intended audience is comprised of some kind of research community."

It is a broad definition that includes both peer-reviewed journals as well as non-peer-reviewed journals that are still intended for an academic audience.

Peer-reviewed journals are defined by EBSCO in three different ways:

  • Blind Peer Reviewed - (or Double Blind Peer Reviewed) - Articles appearing in a journal are sent outside of the journal's publishing or sponsoring organization for review by external reviewer(s), meaning that either author's identity or the reviewers' identity is unknown, or in some cases both are unknown.

  • Editorial Board Peer Review - the articles appearing in a journal are reviewed by an internal board of editors, not solely by one editor. The author's identity might be known or unknown.

  • Expert Peer Review - articles appearing in a journal are reviewed by experts (either internal or external to the journal) whose credentials are known and who are experts within the subject matter of the article under review. The author's identity might be known or unknown.

You can find peer-reviewed articles in two ways:

  • Many of our databases have peer-reviewed titles. In these databases, there will be a limiter that can be set to appear on the search screen.

  • To search for peer-reviewed journals only, attach 'AND RV Y' to the end of your search. RV is the tag for peer reviewed and Y is the variable indicating "Yes." Example: blood neoplasms AND RV Y

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