Journal or e-journal and magazines
A journal or magazine is a serial publication, meaning that new issues are published at regular intervals.
A journal and its electronic online version, e-journal are peer reviewed publications.
The content, purpose, intended audience and academic authority of journals and magazines can vary, but generally they are likely to have lengthy articles and news items focusing on a specific subject area, possibly highlighting new research, new products, or new developments in that subject area.
Find out more about journals in the Types of Information section of the iSkillZone
Find out how to find journal articles in our Finding Journal Articles section.
Uses of journals and magazines
Journals and magazines can be of differing quality and are aimed at different types of audience. You need to consider this when you come to evaluate whether a journal article will be useful to you.
See the Types of Information section of the iSkillZone.
What to look out for:
- Is the article aimed at a specific audience (academic researchers, students, professionals in practice, the general public)?
- An article aimed at the general public may go into less detail (and is less likely to be peer-reviewed) than an article aimed at academics.
- When was the article published?
- Has there been any more recent research on the subject covered in the article which might confirm, expand or overrule the arguments or findings in this article?
- Is the article peer-reviewed? (that is, the article has been read by experts in the subject field and viewed as acceptable for publication)
- Does the article demonstrate any bias either in its arguments or in its interpretation or presentation of supporting evidence?
- Has the article been published to promote a specific product, company which may have affected the level of bias?