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About Academic Journals

A journal is a scholarly publication containing articles written by researchers, professors and other experts. Journals focus on a specific discipline or field of study. Unlike newspapers and magazines, journals are intended for an academic or technical audience, not general readers.

Most journal articles…

  • Are peer reviewed
  • Have original research
  • Focus on current developments
  • Cite other works and have bibliographies
  • Can be in print, online or both

The research journal is a tool which supports research-based learning. It can be used to:

  • Generate initial ideas
  • Track your thinking
  • Identify where your inspiration comes from
  • Show how you are going to make use of the information
  • Develop your concepts
  • Explore potential outcomes
  • Evaluate how successful they are
  • Indicate what you could take forward to inform your future practice

Journals are published on a regular basis (monthly, quarterly, etc.) and are sequentially numbered. Each copy is an issue; a set of issues makes a volume (usually each year is a separate volume). Like newspapers and magazines, journals are also called periodicals or serials.


● International Journal of Biosciences (IJB)

● Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences (JBES)

● International Journal of Agronomy and Agricultural Research (IJAAR)

● International Journal of Biomolecules and Biomedicine (IJBB)

● International Journal of Microbiology and Mycology (IJMM)

Some special features of research journals

Features Scholarly and Research Journals
Purpose To inform, report, and make available original research and new findings.
Subject Often devoted to a single discipline or subdiscipline.
Access Open access
Value & Uses Reports on original research; In-depth analysis of topics; Lengthy articles; Statistical information; Academic level book reviews; Refereed or peer-reviewed
Audience Researchers, scholars, professors, academics
Language Academic level writing & vocabulary; Specialized language of the discipline; Can be highly technical
Authors Researchers, academics, professors, scholars
Editorial Requirements Editors/reviewers are experts in same field as authors; may participate in peer-review process prior to publication; Rigorous publication standards; Articles checked for content, format and style
Citations &
Footnotes & bibliographies; Documentation often extensive
Publishers Professional organizations, universities, research institutes and scholarly presses
Graphics &
Graphs, charts and tables; Ads and photographs are rare

Finally, a research journal will help you to:

  • Learn from your experiences
  • Improve your thinking skills
  • Develop problem solving skills
  • Apply theory to practice
  • Generate ideas/enhance creativity
  • Develop your own ‘voice’
  • Improve communication skills
  • Explore and experiment with ideas
  • Move your project on
  • Make creative links to develop your own line of reasoning
  • Support your response to the brief
  • Make your processes visible and track your thinking through each unit
  • Talk about your work
  • You might return to it and make use of it in later projects

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