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Peer review

Peer review relies upon panels of experts for critical assessment. During peer review, or refereeing, articles submitted to a journal are critically assessed by academics, researchers and others who are considered experts in their fields. This reviewing or editorial process ensures that articles of the highest standard are included in the publication.

  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory a comprehensive database that provides detailed information on journals and conference proceedings published throughout the world. It covers a wide range of subjects, and titles. It is an authoritative tool that is used widely. Refereed titles are indicated by the refereed Refereed symbol which appears next to the journal title.
  • DEST Closed--Register of Refereed Journals (pdf) Although this list is no longer being maintained (as of January 2006) it can still be used in determining whether an existing journal satisfies the HERDC peer review requirements.
  • Master journal list for a range of ISI databases, including Current Contents, BIOSOS and the citation indexes.
  • Refer to the journal itself. Use the Editorial Notes, Instructions for Authors, or the journal's homepage to reveal the peer review status of a title. Search for individual journals by title on Ulrich's. Alternatively, if you have the journal ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) type it into your favourite search engine .