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AGED 5330 Wakefield: Peer-Reviewed Journals

Scholarly & Peer-Reviewed Journals

What is a peer-reviewed journal?

An editorial board decides which articles should be accepted, accepted with revisions or rejected for publication in their journal. 

Many databases offer the option to limit to "Scholarly Journals" or "Peer Reviewed".

Use Ulrich's  periodical directory

Look for an editorial board in the first pages of a print journal, on the journal's website.

Characteristics of scholarly journals

Authors

Written by authorities in the field

 

Sources

Cited in footnotes, bibliographies, or list of references

 

Audience

Aimed at scholarly readers (researchers, professors, or students)

 

Publisher

Often published by academic or association presses

 

Advertisements

Few or no advertisements

 

Peer-review?

Most articles are reviewed by experts in the field before publication

 

Article scope

Usually have a narrow subject focus and include original research, reviews, or essays

 

Graphics

Illustrations often consist of charts or graphs

 

Language

Articles use jargon of the discipline

 

Examples

American Journal of Botany, The Academy of Management Journal, Social Research

 

Characteristics of trade publications

Authors

Usually written by specialists in an industry

Sources

Sources are mentioned, but rarely formally cited

Audience

Aimed at people in a particular profession, trade, or industry

Publisher

Usually published by professional or trade associations

Advertisements

Few advertisements, usually targeting the particular industry

Peer-review?

Generally, no

Article scope

Practical information, helpful to people in the industry

Graphics

Some illustrations;  often consisting of charts or graphs

Language

Articles use jargon of the industry

Examples

Adweek, Social Studies and the Young Learner, Software Development

Characteristics of popular magazines

Authors

Usually written by professional writers or journalists

 

Sources

Rarely list bibliographies

Audience

Aimed at general population

Publisher

Published by commercial (for profit) presses

Advertisements

Many advertisements

Peer-review?

Rare

Article scope

Used to inform, update, or introduce a topic to a general reader

Graphics

Numerous colorful illustrations and/or photographs are usually present

Language

Language is geared to general population; no special knowledge is required

Examples

Runner's World, Ebony, Time

Peer Reviewed