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Graduate Student Guide to UofSC Libraries

Identify Peer-Reviewed Journals

To determine if a journal is peer-reviewed:

  • Go to UlrichsWeb: Global Serials Directory (also available in A-Z Databases)
  • Enter the journal title in the search bar
  • Select the correct record
  • Under "Basic Description," look at the line that says "Refereed"
  • If there is a "yes" by "Refereed," then the journal is peer-reviewed

Basic Description information for a journal

Locate an Author's H-Index

The h-index represents the productivity and the citation impact of an author. The index is based on the author's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications.

To locate an author's h-index:

  1. Go to Web of Science Core Collection (available on the A-Z Databases page)
  2. Under "Author Search," enter the last name and first initial(s) of the author
  3. Click on the "Create Citation Reports" link on the right side of the screen

Predatory Journals

Journal Metrics


There are different metrics that can be used to rank journals. One widely used is the Impact Factor, which measures the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year. 

For most metrics, an individual measure doesn't mean much, but it can be used in comparison.