Scholarly or academic journals are the most authoritative and current sources of information for library research in the sciences.
Scholarly journals, also called academic journals, contain articles written by and for experts in a discipline. They are concerned with academic study and especially research. The main purpose of a scholarly journal is to report original research or experimentation and to communicate this information to the rest of the scholarly world. The language of scholarly journals reflects the discipline covered, and assumes some knowledge or background on the part of the reader. Scholarly journals always cite their sources and give biographical information about the author. Many scholarly journals are published by professional organizations.
Many scholarly journals use a process of peer review prior to publishing an article, whereby other scholars in the author's field or specialty critically assess a draft of the article. Peer-reviewed journals (also called refereed journals) are scholarly journals that only publish articles that have passed through this review process. The review process helps ensure that the published articles reflect solid scholarship in their fields.
While not all scholarly journals go through the peer-review process, it is usually safe to assume that a peer-reviewed journal is also scholarly.
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