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Biology 071 - Human Anatomy: Refeered Journals

Refereed Process

The following video explains the Scholarly Peer Reviewed Process, also known as the Refereed Process.


Click here for a guide explaining how you can recognize peer-reviewed articles. 


Take a look at this research article.

Peer Review Process for Journals

What does it mean to be refereed (peer reviewed)?

 method of vetting articles. Articles submitted to a peer-reviewed publication are sent out to several scientists who work in the same field as the paper’s author. Those reviewers provide feedback on the article and tell the editor of the publication whether or not they think the study is of high enough quality to be published. To learn more, visit Scrutinizing science: Peer review.

Explanation of Peer Review (Refereed) Process described on linked site

Journals are considered refereed if the articles that are published in that journal have gone through the process highlighted above. Articles published in refereed journals are highly respected because of the rigorous peer review process that they are put through.

Not all journals are refereed, but you can determine this by reviewing the publication process posted on the journal's website, or go to the "Publications" link in the library's nursing/human anatomy database CINAHL and click on the publication's title to find out. To do so, go to:



  1. Click on the "Publications" link the top menu
  2. Search for the journal title and click on it.
  3. Look at the "Peer Reviewed" section. It will indicate whether or not the journal is refereed.

In the CINAHL database, click the Publications link at the top and select a publication title to get information about the periodical's peer review status.


Additionally, library databases often have a "peer-reviewed" limiter that will allow you to narrow your results to peer-reviewed/refereed articles.