what is an academic journal
Academic journals provide good quality research articles. Usually, the articles contained within academic journals have been peer-reviewed. This means that experts in the field have reviewed the article and decided whether it is fit for publication, or whether it requires further refinement. This ensures that only the best quality articles are published.
You can access a wide range of different journals according to subject area and academic quality. Let’s take a look at some of the different types of journals.
Usually, articles in these publications go through a “peer-review” process, which means other experts (peers) on the topic of the article weigh in on the quality of the article and the research it presents as well as the article’s importance in their field of study. (This video explains more). Many professors will require you to use scholarly sources because they are more credible than articles published in popular magazines or on most websites.
“Scholarly Journal” and “Academic Journal” are two words for the same thing. Scholarly journals publish articles—usually articles about research—written by experts (scholars) in the field of study.
- The author’s credentials and expertise.
- The journal or publisher’s editorial process, including the process of peer-review.
- The audience for which the source was written.
- The use of evidence or external sources to support the author’s conclusions.
The following characteristics list provides features of a Scholarly Article:
[Excerpt from Mabee Library-Washburn University]
- Are peer reviewed
- Have original research
- Focus on current developments
- Cite other works and have bibliographies
- Can be in print, online or both
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Scholarly journals are also known as academic journals. They focus on a particular field and contain articles written by experts in that field. Scholarly or academic publications publish research and updates of importance specific to that subject. For example, the publication Pediatric Nursing contains research studies written by pediatric nurses on topics related to their practice.
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- Comprehensively indexed journals contain an average of 80% or more education-related articles; ERIC creates a bibliographic record for all articles in every acquired issue.
- Selectively indexed journals contain an average of 50-79% education-related articles and are critical to topic area coverage; ERIC applies a manual article-by-article selection process and indexes only the articles that conform to the standard and criteria outlined in the ERIC selection policy.
ERIC indexes a wide variety of journal sources. The coverage of an approved journal source is determined by an examination of three to five current issues during the source review process, but may be updated at any time. Source coverage is defined as follows: