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Research Minutes is a series for undergraduate students at Cornell University covering library research topics. This segment discusses how to recognize and find scholarly journal articles.
Publication Types - Scholarly
Publishing in a scholarly (academic/scientific) journal is usually preceded by a thorough examination, known as peer review, of the article. Peers/referees, i.e. researchers active within same subject field/discipline as the author of the submitted article, review the article and assess the scientific quality of the article. They evaluate the methods, the observations, the conclusions and the scientific theory approach. Almost all scientific articles that have been accepted for publication will have undergone minor or major revisions made by authors after recommendations by peers.
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How can I identify scholarly journals and and how can I compare them?
There are different tools available so you can learn by yourself how to identify scholarly journals and learn how to compare them. By using tools like these ones, you can see if a journal is peer reviewed or not. You can identify high ranking and whether or not it's suitable to use when you want to write and cite a source. By learning how to use these tools you will get a good start when you are looking at a new journal and want to evaluate the quality of the sources you are using or if an article is highly ranked.
Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.
In comparison to Web of Science, Scopus has a bigger scope, but Web of Science is more complete when it comes to citations prior to 1996. Scopus doesn't use the JIF, but rely on other bibliometric tools such as SJR and SNIP. Another difference is that Scopus covers articles in press.
Web of Science platform brings together many different types of content for searching - journal articles, patents, websites, conference proceedings, Open Access material. In Web of Science you can find "The Journal Citation Reports" module, it allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data.
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory is a bibliographic database providing detailed, comprehensive, and authoritative information on serials published throughout the world. It covers all subjects, and includes publications that are published regularly or irregularly and if a journal is for example peer reviewed and if it's Open Access.