Answered By: Brandy Bourne
Last Updated: Apr 03, 2018     Views: 37

Scholarly journals tend to be in-depth research reports or analyses written for a specialized academic or scientific audience. Most are refereed or peer-reviewed, meaning that they have been vetted as accurate by other specialists prior to publication. Some typical characteristics of scholarly journals are:

    • Articles are written by professors and researchers in specific disciplines.

    • Articles are lengthy and usually include copious endnotes, footnotes or bibliography.

    • Articles use technical language or jargon, rather than informal language.

For further information on distinguishing popular magazines from scholarly articles see:  Distinguishing Scholarly Journals.  If you are unsure whether you have a citation for a scholarly journal article, search for the journal title in Magazines for Libraries (REF DESK PN4832.B1M23 2003).  This directory of journals and magazines will tell you if a title is peer-reviewed. If you have questions about a journal, contact a librarian.