Q. How do I know that I have a scholarly journal?


Is It a Scholarly Journal or Isn't It?

Answering these questions will help you determine whether you are working with a scholarly journal. 

Where Did You Find It?

You found the citation for the journal article in a subject oriented index. For example, you found it in Medline, CINAHL, ERIC, Social Science Abstracts, Humanities Index, PsychInfo, etc.

How Are the Articles Chosen for Publication?

A scholarly journal is typically published or sponsored by a professional society or association. There is also usually a list of reviewers or editorial board members inside the front cover of the journal or on the first few pages. This type of journal is known as a "juried" or "refereed" journal. Although it can be difficult within an online, full-text journal to find a list of reviewers or an editorial board listing, a number of databases permit you to restrict or limit your subject search to scholarly, juried, refereed, or "peer-reviewed" journals.

What Are the General Characteristics of a Scholarly Journal Article?

A scholarly journal article is usually organized into at least two of the following sections:

  1. Introduction or Literature Review 
  2. Theory or Background
  3. Subjects
  4. Methods
  5. Results
  6. Discussion
  • The article should also have a bibliography or list of references.
  • The title of the article should reflect its content.
  • There should be an abstract at the beginning of the article.
  • The author's credentials should be listed.
  • The article should specify that it is based on either original research or authorities in the field, as opposed to personal opinion.
  • There may also be supporting diagrams or illustrations with a scholarly article.
  • Last Updated Oct 13, 2017
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  • Answered By Bobby Gray

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