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Library "Do-It-Yourself" (DIY)

I need information about a specific journal or the publisher's web site are two major places to learn more about a specific journal, such as: 

  • Is it peer reviewed?
  • What is the journal's scope and focus?
  • What is its editorial policy?
  • What are its submission policies? provides bibliographic information for newspapers, magazines, and journals published in the United States and internationally. It also distinguishes peer-reviewed journals (or "refereed") from popular magazines (look for the refereed or peer-reviewed symbol symbol next to the journal name).

Search for a journal title and select the correct journal. (You may see multiple versions with the same title if both online and print versions exist, or if the journal has changed publishers).



Click on the journal title to check the description and make sure it is the correct publication. To know whether the journal is peer-reviewed, look for the term "refereed" (i.e. peer-reviewed) or the refereed or peer-reviewed symbol symbol.


Publisher Websites

The publisher website for a particular journal has information about editorial and submission policies. You can search Google for the journal title; the profile for a journal also provides the publisher's website.

Submission information and editorial policies for a journal are usually not on its homepage. Look for About, Contact, Instructions to Authors, Author Guidelines, or Contribute links.

For more guidance, see I Need to Know If a Journal Is Significant in My Field.