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Published in academic journals by professional associations, university presses or other academic publishers.
Usually peer reviewed (refereed) before publication and this involves subjecting the author's scholarly work and research to the scrutiny of other experts in the same field. Peer review acts as a filter to ensure that only high quality research is published, especially in reputable journals, by determining the validity, significance and originality of the study.
Authors of the articles are scholars, researchers and experts within the field. Their credentials and institutional affiliations will be given.
To disseminate or report on original research, experimentation and scholarly discussions among scholars (faculty, researchers, students) in a discipline.
Highly specialized and may use technical language/terminology appropriate to the discipline. Reader is assumed to have a similar scholarly background
Scholarly articles tend to be lengthy and detailed, about research in a particular academic discipline
They contain graphs, charts, and photographs that support the research:
They are often structured into sections (see example) including:
The journals have simple covers, clearly stating basic information like title, volume/issue numbers, and the name of the organization or university responsible for their publication. They are usually in plain format with little or no advertising.
Scholarly articles cite their sources and include bibliographies or reference lists at the end of the texts. For some arts and humanities subjects, the articles may include substantialfootnotes/endnotes.
View the tab on Writing/Citing for more on why, when, where and how to cite the sources that you have used for your research assignment.