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A scholarly journal is a publication in which experts in a field submit articles. This is one of the primary means through which many disciplines discuss new findings, ideas and research.
What is a scholarly article?
Scholarly articles can also be referred to as academic or peer reviewed articles. They are written to inform or report research to a scholarly audience, and therefore tend to use technical language.
Many of these articles have been through a peer review process. They contain an abstract along with a list of references or other readings.
What does peer reviewed mean?
Many scholarly journals will only accept articles for publication after an expert in the field check the contents of the article for its credibility. Reviewers assess whether the contents of the article are accurate, fair and balanced, up to date and ethical.
Stay Current with Journal Alerts
By profession, journalists need content-specific communications that are current and updated regularly. Using the feature of Journal Alerts allows you to set up an email or RSS feed alert when a new issue of a journal is published. The alert will often provide the table of contents or even links to articles. The following example shows a Journal Alert setup for the EBSCO databases.
1. To create the journal alert, sign in to the database.
2. Then Create a new Account and follow the instructions on the screen.
Finding Your Articles
When looking for journal articles, the most efficienct tool is to use the electronic databases and search by topic or keyword.