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Peer Review: How do I determine if a journal article is peer reviewed?

There are several possible indicators that a journal article was peer reviewed. Examples of each are provided.

  • The article's author(s) may include an acknowledgements statement that thanks reviewers.

Jones, Philip Edward. “Partisanship, Political Awareness, and Retrospective Evaluations, 1956–2016.” Political Behavior, vol. 42, no. 4, Dec. 2020, pp. 1295-1317. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1007/s11109-019-09543-y.

  • The journal publisher may include a note indicating when an article was accepted for publication.

Moss, Jonathan, et al. “Brexit and the Everyday Politics of Emotion: Methodological Lessons from History.” Political Studies, vol. 68, no. 4, Nov. 2020, pp. 837-856. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1177/0032321720911915.

Sometimes the note may also indicate when the article was received by the journal.

Marushka, Lesya, et al. “Potential Impacts of Climate-Related Decline of Seafood Harvest on Nutritional Status of Coastal First Nations in British Columbia, Canada.” PLoS ONE, vol. 14, no. 2, Feb. 2019, pp. 1-24. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0211473.

Sometimes the note may also indicate when the revised version of the article was received by the journal.

Bleske-Rechek, April, and Michaela M. Gunseor. “Gendered Perspectives on Sharing the Load: Men’s and Women’s Attitudes toward Family Roles and Household and Childcare Tasks.” Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, Jan. 2021. APA PsycArticles, doi:10.1037/ebs0000257.

  • The journal publisher may provide the peer-review history of an article.

Klebel, Thomas, et al. “Peer Review and Preprint Policies Are Unclear at Most Major Journals.” PLoS ONE, vol. 15, no. 10, Oct. 2020, pp. 1-19. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0239518.