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What's a 'Scholarly Journal'?

For many course assignments, you will be required to use scholarly journals. These are also called "academic' journals, 'peer-reviewed' journals, or 'refereed' journals. Here are some characteristics that distinguish scholarly journals from more popular magazines (see especially tips in red):

 Scholarly Journals

  • Audience is made up of scholars, researchers, students of the field  
  • Written by specialists in the field, usually scholars with Ph.D.s -- are signed and often include author's credentials.
  • Appearance is serious and sober, with few colors and few or no advertisements
  • Coverage is original research results and scholarship
  • Are written in technical and scholarly language and may be reviewed or "refereed" before publication by an editorial board or outside scholars
  • Articles are usually at least 7-10 pages in length
  • Supposed to present objective/neutral viewpoint; often published by professional associations such as National Communication Association
  • Frequency is usually quarterly or semi-annual
  • References are cited and usually includes a bibliography and/or footnotes
  • Examples are Journalism and Mass Communicator Educator and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.





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Print Journal Titles


American Journal of Education

Child Development

Child Development Perspectives

Childhood Education


Education Digest

Educational Administration Quarterly

Educational & Psychological Measurement

Educational Forum

Educational Leadership

Journal of Education

Journal of Educational Psychology

Journal of Educational Research

Journal of Research in Childhood Education

Journal of School Health

Journal of Teacher Education

Psychology and Education

Psychology in the Schools

Review of Research in Education

School & Community

Teacher Education and Special Education

Teaching Children Mathematics

Teaching Exceptional Children

Teaching Music

YC: Young Children



Anderson Independent Mail

Atlanta Constitution

Carolina Times

Charlotte Observer

The Christian Science Monitor

The Chronicle (Charleston, SC)

Greenville New

Herald Journal (Spartanburg, SC)

Morning News (Florence, SC)

New Pittsburgh Courier

The New York Times

Post & Courier (Charleston, SC)

The State (Columbia, SC)

The Times & Democrat (Orangeburg, SC)

USA Today

The Wall Street Journal

The Washington Post


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