Answered By: Moon Library
Last Updated: Jun 02, 2016     Views: 91

It can be intimidating to read a technical peer-reviewed article. It can also be difficult to determine which articles are peer-reviewed. Here are some tips that may help you:

-What are the authors' affiliations? Do they currently work in an academic/research institution? 

-Do you see a series of dates (submitted on... accepted on...) anywhere?

-Does the paper conform to traditional journal format, (abstract, intro/literature review, methods, results, discussion, conclusion)?

-Are there acknowledgments to reviewers, grants, or contributors?

-Is there a rather long list of references?

-Does the article look "boring"? Compare it to something like Time or National Geographic.

If you can answer yes to most of these questions you probably have a peer-reviewed journal. If you are having difficulty you can contact a librarian and we would love to help you!