Setting the Stage
Description of a Scholarly Journal
First of all, what is a scholarly journal? Generally, this term refers to a journal that is refereed or peer reviewed (an exception is the legal field, where scholarly journals are generally student-edited publications published by law schools). "Peer review" is a quality control process whereby editors and other experts (peers) evaluate a manuscript for publication.
How can you determine if a particular title is a scholarly journal? Look at a paper copy of a journal or visit its website. Does the journal
- List an editorial board?
- Contain instructions to authors that refer to a peer review process?
- Publish articles that offer new theories, report primary results of research in an academic field, or summarize previous research?
If you answer "Yes" to these questions, the chances are good that it is a scholarly journal.
Now, let’s review the overall process of publishing a paper in a scholarly journal.