Journals, like magazines, are published on a regular basis. They contain articles written by experts in a particular field of study.
We have a small collection of journals on the library shelves, but most of our journals are available online.
Finding a journal title is different to finding a journal article.
Each journal title has a number of individual journal articles in each issue.
To find a journal title online browse our e-journals portal.
Scholarly / Academic Journals (peer-reviewed / refereed)
The main purpose of scholarly journals is to report on original research, theories & critiques in order to make information widely available to the academic community. Articles are written by and for scholars, researchers & professionals.
A large proportion of the scholarly journals in Business are published by professional associations (e.g. American Economic Association) and major publishers (Elsevier, Wiley, Springer etc.) Peer-reviewed journals can be identified by their editorial statements or instructions to authors (usually in first few pages of the journal or at the end) or on the home page of the journal.
Not every article in an academic journal will be scholarly. Academic journals contain book reviews and editorials; these do not go through the peer review process that the articles do.
Popular Journals / Magazines
The main purpose is to provide information for an educated, but non-specialist audience, of interested readers. No background knowledge or expertise is assumed. Articles usually provide a broad coverage of topics of current interest. Articles are written by journalists, freelance writers or staff of the magazine who may not have any expert knowledge in that subject area. Articles are not peer-reviewed, they are often glossy with lots of pictures. Advertising is prominently featured.
A trade magazine or trade journal is a publication that targets a particular industry, trade, or business. The purpose is to inform those within a particular industry or profession of the latest news, trends, techniques or product information for that industry. Articles are generally written by someone working in the trade or profession and are not intended for a scholarly audience.
You need to be aware of the following terms and definitions with regard to journal content:
Article - The main type of journal content
E-Journal - Published online or available through a database
Full Text - The entire text of the article is available to you online
Citation – Information about the author, title, publication details, i.e enough information to find the article on a database
Abstract - A summary of the article
Bibliographic database - Where information about print and electronic journals are generally found
Peer Reviewed - Experts review every article before publication to ensure the content is correct