What is a scientific article?
A scientific article is written by scientists for a scholarly audience. A peer-reviewed journal article means that the article's scientific quality has been checked by other scientists before publication.
Elements of a scientific article
A scientific paper includes the following elements:
- Abstract - a brief summary of the article that addresses purpose, methods, results and conclusion.
- Introduction - background information, aim and problem statements
- Method - describes the method used, so precisely that it is possible for the reader to follow and repeat the research process.
- Results - presentation of the results in text and optionally with tables, charts and figures.
- Discussion - this section discusses the research results and the principles, relationships, or generalizations which are certified by the study's results. Possible weaknesses in the study is discussed here.
- Reference list - all the documents that the author referred to shall be included in the reference list.
Search journals in Ulrichweb and see if they are peer-reviewed. The following symbol appears next to the titles in the database if they are reviewed (refereed).
Journal Citation Report
In the database Web of Science you will find the tool Journal Citation report in which you can compare journals by impact factor.
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