There are three main types of journals as described in the table below, each of which have a slightly different purpose and intended audience. These differences are reflected in the type of articles they contain ranging from highly scholarly research findings to news items and opinion pieces. Check your Library Subject Page for the key journal titles in your field.
|Academic Journals||Often quite specialised and focus on a particular field or topic, articles will report findings from research projects or contain discussions on best practice or issues within the field. These articles will usually have been peer-reviewed by other experts in the subject area, meaning articles published in academic journals have been through a rigorous quality control process.|
|Professional Journals||Similar in most respects to academic journals, but may be more practice-oriented. Some may also be less formal than their academic counterparts and may include updates and general information for practitioners in the relevant field. Professional journals may also include some job advertisements and CPD opportunities. Some articles which appear in professional journals may have been peer-reviewed.|
These will include a wide range of information specific to the trade sector covered, including product and price information, job advertisements, scientific or technical articles and reports and possibly directory information. Trade journals keep you updated on news and development, making them an excellent resource to support your employability.