Answered By: Shazia Arif
Last Updated: 13 Aug, 2014     Views: 163

The peer review process ensures that articles are of high quality, are reflective of scholarship in a  particular field and based on sound research.

You can use the Web of Science service available from the Web of Knowledge database. You can access this from the Library homepage. Don't forget to log in with your network username and password.

Select the Databases link and then go to Web of Knowledge in the A-Z list. Select the Web of Science option and type in the name of the journal, eg International Journal of Design (publication name field), and run the search. Select the title and this should display the description of the journal with publication and peer-review details. You can also try other Brunel Library Databases.

Identifying peer-reviewed journals

Some databases offer the option of limiting search results to peer reviewed journals. Try EBSCO, Business Source Premier or ABI Inform from the Databases A-Z list.

If you are still unsure if an article you have selected has been through the peer-review process, select the journal publication information and the publication advice to authors will help you to ascertain if the submission process requires review prior to publication.

The Library search tool Summon, on the Library homepage, also offers the option of limiting to peer reviewed journals/journal articles. Refine your search by selecting "Limit to articles from scholarly publications, including peer-review".

If you require any further assistance, please contact your Subject Librarian.