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OT 371 - Intro to Occupational Therapy - Prof. Purohit: Peer-Reviewed Articles

This guide will provide an overview to essential skills for success in your course, including using RefWorks, selecting peer-reviewed articles, paraphrasing, crediting sources and referencing in APA style.

What does "peer-reviewed" mean?

In academic publishing, the goal of peer review is to assess the quality of articles submitted for publication in a scholarly journal. Before an article is deemed appropriate to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, it must undergo the following process:

  • The author of the article must submit it to the journal editor who forwards the article to experts in the field. Because the reviewers specialize in the same scholarly area as the author, they are considered the author’s peers (hence “peer review”).

  • These impartial reviewers are charged with carefully evaluating the quality of the submitted manuscript.

  • The peer reviewers check the manuscript for accuracy and assess the validity of the research methodology and procedures.

  • If appropriate, they suggest revisions. If they find the article lacking in scholarly validity and rigor, they reject it.

Because a peer-reviewed journal will not publish articles that fail to meet the standards established for a given discipline, peer-reviewed articles that are accepted for publication exemplify the best research practices in a field.

From John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Where can I look for peer-reviewed articles?

You can find peer-reviewed articles in most of the libraries's databases. First, search using your keywords. Then, on the results, page, refine by selecting "Peer-Reviewed." 

On the individual resource page, confirm it is peer-reviewed by reading about the journal or looking for a note at the beginning or end of the article.

For example, when using QuickSearch from the libraries homepage, you will find the option for "Scholarly & Peer-Review" in the upper left-hand corner of the page.

showing where to find peer review option in quicksearch

"Peer-reviewed" Articles vs. Scholarly Articles

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