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BIOL 1599: Biology Journal Club

What is meant by “Scholarly" or "Scientific” Journal Articles?

Scholarly journals are periodicals for specialized readership (also known as peer reviewed or refereed journals)

  • contain articles written by scholars or experts in a field of study, describing original research results
  • articles are "peer reviewed" or "refereed," as a quality control mechanism
  • articles have footnotes (or endnotes) and references
  • give the affiliation of the authors (university, research institution),
  • in the sciences and the social sciences each article also has an abstract.

Finding Scholarly Articles: Multiple Strategies