Answered By: Sarah Mailloux
Last Updated: Apr 07, 2020     Views: 46


The presence of several of the following traits often indicates that an article is peer-reviewed: 

  • A lot of citations: these may appear in-text, and/or as footnotes, endnotes, works cited, reference list, bibliography
  • An Abstract (brief description/summary of the article)
  • The organization of the article into discrete sections such as Methodology, Results, and Conclusion
  • Charts, tables, or graphs
  • Complex, formal language that is specific to the field
  • Notes indicating when article was submitted and when it was accepted

If you want to be certain that a particular journal is peer-reviewed, you can Google the title of the journal on the Internet. Journal homepages will often announce that their particular journal is peer-reviewed.

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