A journal is a publication focusing on a particular subject area which can contain articles, letters, research, opinions and reviews written by different authors. Journals are published at regular intervals, such as weekly, monthly or quarterly. Each copy is an issue and a set of issues makes a volume (usually each year is a separate volume). Journals are also known as periodicals. Anything you see on Primo or in our Libraries with PER in the classmark, it is a journal containing shorts papers on specific topics. They can be found in print format, online or both.
Why use a journal article?
- Important sources for subject information or research.
- Information on current developments.
- Journal articles are published more quickly than books, so can be more up to date.
- They often cover a subject in depth and include original research.