"Refereed" or "peer reviewed" journals are highly
valued by academic and scientific libraries because they contain articles
that have been screened by an author's peers. Typically, expert reviewers
will evaluate the methodology, merit, and overall unique contribution
to research in a specific discipline. Students often rely on these articles
when preparing class assignments.
Gale title lists provide information regarding refereed status to assist
libraries in their collection development and database selection activities.
Gale identifies content as "refereed" or "peer reviewed"
when the material is of a scholarly or scientific nature and the journal
is noted as "refereed" either in its marketing literature, prefatory
comments, or a library reference tool, such as a periodicals directory.