There are several ways in which you can measure the quality of a journal article. This includes:
Peer reviewed journals only publish articles that have been reviewed and critiqued by a panel of subject experts. As such they are considered to be more prestigious than other academic journals. You can find peer reviewed articles by looking in lists or on databases.
Do a search on a database for your particular topic. Limit your results to scholarly or peer reviewed. You will then see a list of peer reviewed journals in your subject area. You may wish to sort your results by journal name (sometimes known as source) to make your results easier to view.
TIP: Look at the UniSA Library's How to find peer reviewed journal articles guide.
The articles in academic journals are by authors who have an in-depth knowledge and expertise in a discipline, and who are recognized as experts in their field. Academic articles may also be called refereed, peer reviewed or scholarly. Some aspects of an academic journal article are:
- name and affiliation of the author is listed
- article includes an extensive reference list
- academic articles are generally more current than books
You may wish to look at the following site to see the components of a scholarly article.
Anatomy of a Scholarly Article An interactive guide from NCSU libraries. Shared under the Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Another measure is to look at the lists of ranked journals produced by professional or research bodies. Two such lists are those produced by the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) and the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) lists produced by the Australian Research Council (ARC).
A research tool that will assist you to design research projects and understand the methods behind them. Browse or search across books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, journal articles and videos.
Being able to discuss your research with people not in your field is an important skill for all researchers to learn. Starting in 2008 the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) was created by the University of Queensland (UQ). It gives competitors the chance to sum up their research and engage the audience all in just 3 minutes.
Heats are run in Divisions, Schools and the Centre for Regional Engagement with winners of each going on to compete to be the University of South Australia winner. The overall winner for the University goes on to compete against competitors from other Universities.
Click here to watch the presentations from the Division of Business Final. The winner for the Division of Business was Zachary Anesbury click on the image below to see his presentation at the University Final: