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Finding Full-Text, Peer Reviewed Nursing Articles: What Does Peer Reviewed Mean?

This guide should help you in finding full-text, peer reviewed articles from JCCC library databases. If you continue to have difficulty in finding appropriate articles, call the Reference desk at 469-3178 for more assistance.

What Does Peer Reviewed Mean?

The terms "peer reviewed" or "professional" or "scientific" or "refereed" are often used to  describe a journal.  Peer review is a process that journals use to ensure the articles they publish represent the best scholarship currently available.  When an article is submitted to a peer reviewed journal, the editors send it out to other scholars in the field (the author's peers) to get their opinion on the quality of the scholarship, its relevance to the field and its appropriateness for the journal. Getting a peer reviewed article published is a very time consuming process and considered a critical part of academic tenure and professional recognition in a discipline.