Research Guides

Research Guides each of which is designed to help you find the most useful resources relevant to your department. It contains useful information and details of recommended resources to support your studies

If you don’t know what to use or where to search to find necessary information for your research, try this guide.

Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines

Introduction

1. What is a peer-reviewed journal? [1]

Peer-reviewed journals:

  • Are a collection of scholarly articles.
  • Use scholarly or technical language
  • Include full citations for sources
  • Are often refereed or peer-reviewed
  • Are published regularly throughout the year.
  • Have Volume(Vol.) and Issue Number(No.)

2. What is a journal article[2]

Journal articles:

  • Are written by and for faculty, researchers or scholars.
  • are shorter than books and written about very specific topics.
  • are reviewed by an editor and other specialists before being accepted for publication.

3. Types of journal article[3]

Most articles published are one of the following types; Original Research, Review Articles, Short reports or Letters, Case Studies, Methodologies. Further Information

 

[1] “Popular vs. Scholarly tutorial,” University of Arizona Libraries, accessed April 12, 2019, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcHL97twKA-hLmw-CWCa6b4vAYxOFAxo58iA_ZILyy5ihpgg/viewform.
[2] “What is a journal article?,” SFU Library, accessed April 12, 2019, https://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/research-assistance/format-type/what-journal-article.
[3] “Types of journal articles,” Springer Nature, accessed July 11, 2019, https://www.springer.com/gp/authors-editors/authorandreviewertutorials/writing-a-journal-manuscript/types-of-journal-articles/10285504.

What is a journal and a peer reviewed article?

What is 'Review Article'?

A review article provides an analysis of the state of research on a set of related research questions. Review articles often:

  • summarize key research findings;
  • reference must-read articles;
  • describe current areas of agreement as well as controversies and debates;
  • point out gaps in knowledge and unanswered questions;
  • suggest directions for future research.

You can use a review article to get a better understanding of the existing research on a topic, to identify research questions you would like to explore, and to find relevant sources.

A review article’s bibliography often contains references to research articles that have made an impact on the field and advanced understanding of a research topic. Reading a review article can save you time and give you a more well-rounded and coherent understanding of your topic.

 

Shannon Caitlin, “Find and Use Review Articles,” UCLA Library, accessed April 12, 2019, https://uclalibrary.github.io/research-tips/review-articles/.

Bibliographic Information of Journal Articles

Evaluating Journals

Various methods have been developed to evaluate academic journals and create journal rankings.

  • SCImago Journal Ranking: is a weighted metric. The freely accessible web site contains rankings of more than 20,000 journals from the Scopus, one of the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, covering the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts & humanities.
  •  Research Performance Analysis★

Journal Impact Factor(JIF)

  • Impact Factor: available in Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and other citation analysis tools serve as indicators of the impact, or influence of a journal.  Though controversial, Impact Factors, which rank journals within a discipline, are extensively used in the sciences.
  • The Journal Impact Factor identifies the frequency with which an average article from a journal is cited in a particular year. You can use this number to evaluate or compare a journal’s relative importance to others in the same field or see how frequently articles are cited to determine which journals may be better for your collection.

“Journal Citation Reports: Learn the Basics,” Clarivate Analytics, accessed April 12, 2019, http://clarivate.libguides.com/jcr/basics.

Top Journals in Physics

Here is a list of top journals in physics field, according to Impact Factor calculated by JCR 2018.

▶ Physics field includes: Astronomy & Astrophysics / Biophysics / Chemistry, Physical / Geochemistry & Geophysics / Optics / Physics, Applied / Physics, Atomic, Molecular & Chemical / Physics, Condensed Matter / Physics, Fluid & Plasmas / Physics, Mathematical / Physics, Multidisciplinary / Physics, Nuclear / Physics, Particles & Fields

 

Full Journal Title Category 2-Year
Impact Factor
NATURE MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, PHYSICAL

PHYSICS, APPLIED

PHYSICS, CONDENSED MATTER

38.887
REVIEWS OF MODERN PHYSICS PHYSICS, MULTIDISCIPLINARY 38.296
Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS 33.069
Nature Photonics OPTICS

PHYSICS, APPLIED

31.583
PHYSICS REPORTS-REVIEW SECTION OF PHYSICS LETTERS PHYSICS, MULTIDISCIPLINARY 28.295
Living Reviews in Relativity PHYSICS, PARTICLES & FIELDS 27.778
ADVANCES IN PHYSICS PHYSICS, CONDENSED MATTER 26.100
ADVANCED MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, PHYSICAL

PHYSICS, APPLIED

PHYSICS, CONDENSED MATTER

25.809
Advanced Energy Materials CHEMISTRY, PHYSICAL

PHYSICS, APPLIED

PHYSICS, CONDENSED MATTER

24.884
MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING R-REPORTS PHYSICS, APPLIED 22.250
Nature Physics PHYSICS, MULTIDISCIPLINARY 20.113
Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics PHYSICS, FLUIDS & PLASMAS 17.214
REVIEWS OF GEOPHYSICS GEOCHEMISTRY & GEOPHYSICS 16.725

Off Campus Access

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Document Delivery Service

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