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Scholarly Journals

Scholarly Journals & Scholarly Articles

  • Scholarly journals may also be called Research Journals, Peer Reviewed Journals, or Refereed Journals.

  • Scholarly journals generally have a sober, serious look.  They often contain many graphs and charts but few glossy pages or exciting pictures.

  • Articles are written by scholars who have credentials in the discipline.  Articles are always signed.

  • Scholarly journals always cite their sources.  Look for footnotes, references, bibliography, sources, notes, etc.

  • Articles in scholarly journals use the language of the discipline covered.  The main audience is other scholars.  You may need to use a dictionary to assist your reading.

  • Scholarly journals include many types of articles: research, primary research reports, case studies, book and other reviews related to the discipline.

  • Many scholarly journals are associated with universities or professional organizations.

  • Some, but not all, scholarly journals have articles that are peer-reviewed, which means that other scholars in the field review the articles before they are published.