Here are some of the main characteristics of the kinds of scholarly journal articles appropriate for this class:
- Scholarly articles report orginal research,
- Contain a substantial bibliography, and
- Usually provide the names of the author(s) and their affiliation.
- Scholarly articles have a sober, serious look.
- Many scholarly journals, but by no means all, are produced by a specific professional organization.
- Articles that present the results of empirical research are one important kind of scholarly publication. Empirical means "derived from observation or survey." Controlled laboratory research or social science surveys subjected to statistical analysis are empirical studies.
- Articles presenting empirical research usually begin with a survey of the relevant literature, followed by a methods section, a results section and a discussion section.
- They include data, charts, graphs, tables, etc.
- News articles that make reference to the research are not scholarly articles.
Still not sure? For a more information, go to our guide, Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals