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FEATURES OF A JOURNAL

WEEK 15
LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 1

Created by Jennifer Freer. Last


updated 3/7/2012

What is a periodical?

In the world of research and


libraries, a periodical is any
information item that comes out
on a regular basis.

How often are periodicals


published?
Newspapers are usually
published daily.
Magazines are usually
published weekly
or every two weeks or
monthly.
Journals are usually
published monthly or
every two months or
sometimes once or
twice a year.

What types of periodicals


are typically
involved in research?
Newspapers for practical event-driven
information
General magazines for practical information
like profiles, reflection of events over time.
Trade journals or trade magazines for
specialized industries or practices or processes
or interests.
Academic/Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed
Journals for studies usually done with some
kind of science or social science based
methodology.

Characteristics
Of An Academic Journal

Academic/Scholarly/PeerReviewed
Journals
Long
articles

Targeted
at a
specialize
d
audience
Mainly
text with
some
charts,
tables,
graphs

Published
monthly,
bimonthly,
biannually,
annually
Covers one
subject
area

How to Identify an
Academic/Scholarly/PeerReviewed Article
Look at the articles
characteristics

Identifying The
Scholarly Journal
Sometimes referred to
as:
The Academic Journal
or
The Peer-Reviewed
Journal

The journal title


sometimes, but not
always, contains the
word journal and is
usually rather
straightforward.
The journal title will be
important for the citation
created for this article.

Further identifying
information will usually
be shown on the cover
or right at the article
such as:
Vol. or Volume
No. or Number
Month and Year
All of this will be
important for the
citation created for this
article.

The article title will


usually be rather long,
will be very descriptive
of the content, and many
times includes a colon
signaling a subtitle.

Very important for the


citation created for this
article.

The authors are


usually listed with
their school or
organization
affiliation.

Author names are


important for the
citation created for this
article, but the
affiliations are left out of
most citation styles.

The DOI.
DOI stands for digital object
identifier.
This number is like the DNA of
the article. Each article has a
unique DOI. It can be used to
search for the article on the
Internet. The search will
usually point you to the
publisher.
The idea behind the DOI is
that a reader in the present
may not have access to the
same article databases as the
writer or someday in the
future an article database
may no longer exist.
A reader in the future could
APA requires a DOI
locate the article directly from
but MLA does not.
the publisher as long as they
have the DOI.

Most academic articles have


an abstract which
summarizes the study and
the findings.

Academic articles
usually have keywords
categorizing the article
by subject.

Academic articles
have an introduction

Academic articles usually


review the research and
articles published in the
past on the same or
related topics.
In this example the
section is called Prior
Studies. Sometimes this
is called the Literature
Review.

Some academic
articles will state the
hypothesis of the
study using the
designation H
followed by the
number as shown
here.

The methodology
of the study will be
stated. This will
describe in-depth
how they did their
study, survey or
experiment.

Academic articles end with a


conclusion restating the main
points and findings of the
article.

Academic articles
have a References
or Works Cited list
providing citations
to the articles and
items used in the
writing of this
article.

Most databases will have a


PDF of
academic/scholarly/peerreviewed articles. If only
the text is available you
will still be able to identify
the presence of these
characteristics.

TUTORIAL TASK
Resource samples of speeches and
journals .
Analyze key features of the samples
of speeches and journals.
Write speeches and journal.
Peer edit speeches and journals.