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Education: Finding Journal Articles

A guide to research in Child and Family Services, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, the Teacher Education Program, and Education.

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Peer-reviewed Journals and Review Articles

Peer-Reviewed Journals employ an editorial board, editor, and system of academic reviewers who assess the quality of the research and contribution to the discipline of submitted articles and recommend to the editor whether the article should be accepted/published as is, returned for minor revisions, or rejected. Rejections might include recommendations of other journals for which the article might be a better fit. Normally, the system is double-blind -the author does not know the identify of the reviewer and the reviewer does not know the identity of the author.

Educational Researcher is an example of a peer-reveiwed journal in the field of education. You can determine if a journal is peer-reviewed by examining an issue of the journal or the website for the publisher. Peer-reviewed journals have an editor, an editorial board of academics from major university, author instructions, criteria for selection, description of the scope of the journal, and other indications that the process of identifying which articles will be published is based on fairness and quality. The highest quality journals have high impact factors in Thomson-Reuters' Journal Citation Reports, Scopus, and other comparative tools.

Chronicle of Higher Education is an example of a secondary or trade journal that is important in higher education as a source of current information on topics of interest to the field.

Journals contain a variety of types of articles including original research, opinion, editorial, discussion, meta-analysis, and review articles.

Several journals in the field of education contain review articles:

  • Review of Educational Research - meta-analyses; systematic literature reviews; online access to issues from 1931-present, physical holdings from 1930-2009.
  • Review of Research in Education -  A periodical volume that provides an overview and analysis of selected areas of relevant research through critical and synthesizing essays. Each volume is designed around a particular subject; online access to volumes from 1973-2018, some print holdings.

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