What is a Scholarly Article?

Research is often being published in scholarly articles. Dissertations, books (monographs or chapters in books), conference proceedings and working papers/reports also present research.

How do I assess the scholarliness of an article?

  • The article is written by a researcher working at a university/equivalent
  • The article is reviewed by other researchers within the same subject/discipline. A process known as peer review.
  • The article is published in a scholarly (academic/scientific) journal.
  • Academic journals are issued by academic publishers, universities/equivalent or academic societies and have few advertisements. The editorial board of the journal consists of well-established researchers.
  •  The intended audience is academic and the language is advanced. The article may contain illustrations
  • The article often has a certain structure and frequently contains certain elements.

How do I assess if a journal is scholarly

The best way to evaluate the scholarliness of a journal is often to read at the journal's web page. Information about journals are also provided in the library's journal list or through the database Ulrichsweb.The library's journal listCheck for “Peer-reviewed”
Ulrichs web The term “Refereed” refers to journals which use the peer-review process.

Scholarly journals might contain non-scholarly material

Be aware that not every article in a scholarly (academic, scientific) journal has to be scholarly. Academic journals often contain editorials, book reviews, conference news, research news and similar material which are not considered scholarly