HI 2353: History of the Life Sciences

Peer Reviewed or Refeered

What are "peer-reviewed" or "refereed" journals?

A peer-reviewed journal is a special type of publication. Before articles are published within these types of journals, they are sent by the editors of the journal to other scholars in the field ("peers"), often anonymously, to get feedback on the quality of the scholarship, review research methods, as well as relevance or importance to the field. The article may be accepted, often with revisions suggested, or rejected for publication.  

Considered the most respected, researchers wish to have their works published in them. Many often have low acceptance rates. 

To find peer reviewed articles, type your keywords into Summon, and then choose the filters for Peer-Review and Journal Article.

Suggested Databases for History

In addition to Summon, you can find peer-reviewed articles in our discipline-specific databases. Here are some recommended databases for history research:

To find more history databases and electronic resources, check out our History Databases.

Examples of Journals for History of the Life Sciences

To find additional journals, look in Browzine - a new trial service that allows you to browse journals available at WPI. (If you use Browzine, please send your feedback on this resource to freetrials@wpi.edu.)

Filter & Follow Up

  • Scan results: Use subject headings, keywords, and phrases from your search results to refine your keyword searches.
  • Scrutinize article titles, number of pages, and journal title.
  • Browse promising abstract and conclusion sections of long studies.
  • Bibliographies can clue you in on the value of the article as well.
  • Find an interesting author? Search for more articles by that author.
  • Notice an agency, association or expert mentioned in an article? Follow up.