What's in this article:
- What does peer review mean?
- How do I know which content on JSTOR is peer-reviewed?
- How do I narrow my search results to display only peer reviewed articles?
What does peer review mean and why is it important?
Peer review is the process by which academic content, usually articles that appear within academic journals, is vetted for accuracy and academic standards.
Identifying peer-reviewed content can serve as a way to more easily evaluate high-quality, scholarly content that has already been thoroughly reviewed and validated by other scholars in a given area of expertise.
How do I know which content on JSTOR is peer-reviewed?
While the majority of journals collected in JSTOR are considered peer-reviewed publications, our archives also contain some specific primary source materials (such as some journals in the Ireland Collection and the 19th Century British Pamphlet Collection). These are examples of journal content that pre-date the current standard peer-review process. While all the information in JSTOR is held to a scholarly standard, not all publications technically qualify as peer-reviewed.
What content is NOT peer-reviewed?
- Content listed as "Primary Source" such as the historical journal content, images, and pamphlet collections
- Open content such as community collections, and open images
- Research reports
How do I narrow my search results to display only peer reviewed articles?
Currently, there is no way to search JSTOR for only peer-reviewed publications.
If you have questions concerning the academic legitimacy of a specific journal or book, your institution's librarian or course instructor will be the best resource to provide further details and answers.