About Scholarly Journals

Articles in scholarly journals typically go through a peer-review process, i.e. they are reviewed by the scholar's peers to determine whether it is a high quality piece of work.  In addition, scholarly publications:

  • Are written by experts in the field
  • Are written for other researchers/scholars
  • Use terms and language that are discipline-specific
  • Usually include in-text citations and a bibliography of cited sources
  • May include graphs, charts, etc. related to the topic
  • Often are peer reviewed by an editorial board of experts
  • Are published by a professional organization or society, university, research center, or scholarly press

Examples include Journal of Personality, Social Psychology, and Child Development.  Emory libraries subscribe to thousands of scholarly journals.