Scholarly journals are produced for scholars and researchers to report on research and scholarship in their chosen field of study. Articles include details about the author, including their name and their credentials.
Scholarly publications can be identified by the:
|Writing style||formal, technical language relevant to the field of research|
|Use of Images||diagrams and charts relevant to the research but little other illustration or advertising|
|Length||usually at least ten pages|
|Referencing||includes sources of information usually as references and footnotes|
|Advertising||only it is relevant to the field of study|
Scholarly articles tend to have a formal format, which includes an abstract, introduction and statement of the problem or hypothesis, literature review, methodology, data collection, analysis, conclusions and recommendations and a bibliography or reference list.
Many, although not all, scholarly journals are also peer reviewed before publication.
Peer reviewed journals, also known as refereed journals, are scholarly journals that submit articles to a peer review process before publication. Many scholarly journals are peer reviewed.
The purpose of peer review is to ensure that articles are critically assessed for quality and accuracy of information by other scholars in the author's field or specialty before they are accepted for publication.
Peer review can occur in a number of ways:
All peer reviewed journals are types of scholarly journals.
There are a number of reasons to use articles from scholarly or peer reveiwed journals.
Some databases such as Proquest allow searching by type of source, such as scholarly publications.
For most databases, however, this option is not available, so you will need to investigate further. There are a number of ways to check to see if a journal title is peer reviewed.