Also known as scholarly, academic, or refereed journals:
Are written by academics/researchers
May contain papers grounded in rigorous research
Always include a reference list
Journal content is reviewed by experts (peers) before publication
Example: International Journal of Human Resource Management
Evaluation criteria checklist
Apply this general checklist to the databases, websites, journals and articles you consult.
Who is the author? What are his/her qualifications? Are they affiliated with an organisation? What type of web domain is used?
Is the resource biased, or based on opinion? What are the aims of the website or publication? How does the author justify their conclusion and perspective?
Is the information intended for researchers (eg. scholarly, peer-reviewed journals), practionioners (eg. practitioner journals and websites) or the general public (eg. popular magazines)?
Are facts/figures/dates used and cited appropriately? Does the author include references?
How up to date is the information? If the content is from a website, when was it last updated?