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MPA 606: Foundations of PA Research: Peer Review

What is Peer Review, really?

Types of Peer Review

The peer review process may be a:

  • Single-blind review where the reviewer's name is not disclosed to the author


  • Double-blind review where the identity of the reviewers and the authors are not disclosed to each other


  • Open review where no identities are concealed

Definition of Peer Review

peer review, n.

The process by which an academic journal passes a paper submitted for publication to independent experts for comments on its suitability and worth; refereeing.

Source:  Oxford English Dictionary

Scholarly versus Popular Publications: Source--Courtesy of Georgia State University

Additional Tips and Tools

  • Some databases provide the option to limit or filter your search results to peer reviewed or scholarly articles


  • Check the official website of the journal as some journals identify themselves as peer reviewed, refereed or scholarly


  • If you are unsure whether or not a journal is peer reviewed, refereed or scholarly, search for the journal in Ulrich's Periodical Directory - UlrichsWeb HERE


  • Still have questions, be sure to check with a Librarian or Your Professor!
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