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High School Guide

What is a journal?

A journal is a scholarly publication containing articles written by researchers, professors and other experts. Journals focus on a specific discipline or field of study. Unlike newspapers and magazines, journals are intended for an academic or technical audience, not general readers. 

Most journals are...

  • peer reviewed
  • have original research
  • focus on current developments
  • cite other works and have bibliographies
  • can be in print, online or both

Journals are published on a regular basis (monthly, quarterly, etc.) and are sequentially numbered. Each copy is an issue; a set of issues makes a volume (usually, each year is a separate volume). Like newspapers and magazines, journals are also called periodicals or serials.

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