How can you tell if a journal is refereed or not?
The general information found at the front of each journal issue or journal website will often tell you if a journal is refereed or not. The "Information for Authors" or "Guidelines for Authors" section of the journal may also indicate whether articles are refereed.
The UNSW Library A-Z listing of e-journals indicates refereeed journals by this icon.
In addition, there are several databases that provide extensive journal information. Ulrichsweb: global serials directory includes thousands of journals. You can search by Journal Title to display the record for a particular journal and then check if it is refereed, reviewed, or scholarly by looking for the referee shirt icon .
Some journals may have the appearance of being refereed because they are well known and contain up-to-date scientific information. Scientific American contains up-to-date scientific information but its articles are not refereed.
To help you distinguish between popular and refereed journals, you can look at the presentation by Minnesota State University Library - Identifying Scholarly Information.