First of all, what is a scholarly journal? Generally, this term refers to a journal that is refereed or peer reviewed (an exception is the legal field, where scholarly journals are generally student-edited publications published by law schools). "Peer review" is a quality control process whereby editors and other experts (peers) evaluate a manuscript for publication.
How can you determine if a particular title is a reputable scholarly journal? Look at a paper copy of a journal or visit its website. Does the journal
If you answer "Yes" to these questions, the chances are good that it is a reasonably reputable scholarly journal. Chat with colleagues or senior faculty to confirm your impression.
Here is the (typical) linear flow of the scholarly publishing process:
This model relies on many individuals playing distinct roles within the overall process of publishing scholarly journals.
Four main parties participate in publishing scholarly journals: scholars, editors and peer reviewers, publishers, and subscribers. Each of them has a different set of concerns and perspectives (Miller & Harris, 2004).
Editors and Peer Reviewers
In recent decades tensions have increased among the different groups involved in scholarly publishing owing to several factors:
In general scholarly publishing is in a state of flux (Kaufman-Wills Group, 2005). This may all seem academic to you, but these changes will affect how you as a scholar publish your work now and in the future. Let’s address a couple of more points on this issue.