Journal articles are written by scholars in an academic or professional field. An editorial board reviews articles to decide whether they should be published. Journal articles may cover very specific topics or narrow fields of research.
scholars in the field, academics or researchers.
always cited with many references and/or footnotes.
long with sections such as abstract, literature review, methodology, results and conclusion.
What are "peer reviewed or "refereed" journals?
A peer reviewed journal is a special type of publication. Before articles are published within these types of journals, they are sent by the editors of the journal to other scholars in the field ("peers"), often anonymously, to get feedback on the quality of the scholarship, review research methods, as well as relevance or importance to the field. The article may be accepted, often with revisions suggested, or rejected for publication.
Considered the most respected, researchers wish to have their works published in them. Many often have low acceptance rates.
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Example electronic journal with DOI reference citation in American Psychological Association (APA) style:
Wang, Z., Zhang, B., Yin, J. and Zhang, X. (2011). Willingness and behavior towards e-waste recycling for residents in Beijing City, China. Journal of Cleaner Production, 19(9-10) , 977-984. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2010.09.016
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