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Distance Learner Library Guide -- Marist Library Resources for Distance Students: What is a Scholarly Journal?

What is a Scholarly Journal?

An academic or scholarly journal is a periodical publication in which scholarship relating to a particular academic discipline is published. Academic journals serve as permanent and transparent forums for the presentation, scrutiny, and discussion of research. 

Purpose of a Scholarly Journal


The purpose of a scholarly journal is to share original research and analysis produced by scholars in a specific field of study with other scholars and researchers interested in the topic.

Content of a Scholarly Journal

 A scholarly journal contains highly researched empirical studies and analytical essays on a specialized topic.

 In a scholarly journal, you will often find the following components:

  • Abstract: A brief summary of the purpose, design, and results of the study.
  • Introduction: Provides background information and explains how the research contributes to the field. May or may not contain the literature review.
  • Literature review: Summarizes the previously published research and points out gaps or inconsistencies addressed by the current study. May either be included in the introduction or exist as its own section.
  • Methods: Detailed information on how the research was conducted.
  • Results: Summarizes the data collected during the study. Often contains charts and graphs.
  • Discussion: Analyzes the data and its significance and may mention implications for future research.
  • Conclusion: Recaps the research results and may mention implications for future research.
  • References:  Properly formatted list of works cited in the article.
  • Technical terminology specific to the field of study
  • Statistical data



What is a Scholarly Journal

Why Use Scholarly Journal Articles?

  • Written and reviewed by expert scholars
  • Articles contain original research that enhance the field of study
  • Arguments are supported by evidence and findings of other scholars
  • Quality and accuracy are assesed through the peer-review process

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