Journal articles

Journal articles are written by scholars in an academic or professional field. These articles may cover very specific topics or narrow fields of research.

An editorial board may review journal articles to decide whether they should be published. Journals with articles that go through this process are called peer reviewed or refereed journals.

Since journals are published at periodic intervals, they are grouped in the category called periodicals. Journals are usually published only a few times a year, such as bimonthly or quarterly. They may be in print format or on the Web as electronic journals.

Use a Journal...
  • when doing scholarly research to find out what has been studied on your topic.
  • to find bibliographies that point to other relevant research.
Examples of Journals:
  • Journal of Communication
  • The Historian
  • Journal of Business Research
  • Lancet

If you are still unsure about the difference between magazines and journals, click here for a WSU Libraries handout that compares the two.