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Scholarly journals are a type of periodical (also called serial), which are publications printed in intervals that continue to be printed for an indefinite period of time.
Magazines and newspapers are also types of periodicals. For college research projects, your professors may often require you to use scholarly journals. The table below outlines some of the characteristics of scholarly journals and the differences between them and magazines.
Scholarly journals are often referred to as refereed or peer-reviewed journals. Refereed journals contain articles that are evaluated by at least one subject expert in addition to the editor before being accepted for publication. Before accepting a peer-reviewed journal for publication, editors solicit the impartial opinions of several subject experts from the research and academic community.