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
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.