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:
- Introduction or Literature Review
- Theory or Background
- 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.