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ENGL 152--Feroni

Scholarly Journals - Description

Scholarly Journals - Characteristics

  • Originality: Communicate and report analysis and interpretation of data and experimental results, new ideas, research, and theories
  • Authors: Experts, professionals, and practitioners in the subject area(s)
  • Intended Audiences: Professionals, researchers, and educators in the subject area(s)
  • Sponsorship: often a professional organization or society in the subject area (s)
  • Publication Frequency: usually a regular pattern with assigned volume and issue numbers, although articles may be published online as soon as they successfully complete the review process.
  • Editorial and Peer Review: most articles are critically evaluated for scholarship by peers and/or professional editors. Note that NOT all items in a scholarly journal are peer-reviewed: examples -- book reviews, editorials, meeting abstracts

Scholarly Journal Articles

Scholarly Journal Articles - Characteristics

  • Illustrations: often fewer than a popular magazine or newspaper. Charts and graphs may be used to summarize results or data.
  • Terminology specific to the subject and discipline. May take extra time to read if you are not already familiar wit the subject or discipline.
  • Article format:  often contains
    • Abstract: brief description of the article
    • Author affiliations: with a university or college department or a museum, government agency, or health institution related to the subject area of the article
    • Sections such as Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusions. This varies depending on the on the discipline and the requirements of the specific journal
    • References to works cited (or footnotes or a bibliography)

Peer Review

Peer-Review What is it?

Review process

  • Review must be completed before an article is officially accepted and published
  • Not all articles are accepted
  • Authors cannot pay to guaranteed publication of their article(s)

An example of the process

  • Editors send the article to outside reviewers - peers. Peers are specialists or experts in the relevant subject field
  • The article may be kept confidential or posted publicly during the review process, depending on the discipline and specific journal policies
  • Reviewers may be anonymous or not to the authors of the article, depending on the specific journal's policies
  • Reviewers may recommend rejection, publication with corrections and/or follow-up, or acceptance.
  • Journal editors must also agree if acceptance is recommended.

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