How do you know if a journal is academic?

The term academic generally means that the source has been “peer-reviewed”, which is a lengthy editing and review process carried out by academics in the field to verify its quality and validity. To determine if your source has been peer-reviewed, you can research the journal in which the article was published. Try visiting the journal's website and looking for information about its submission and review guidelines, or search for the journal's title in UlrichsWeb's global serial publications directory for more information on this subject. Not all articles published in a peer-reviewed journal have gone through the peer review process, so you'll have to analyze the journal's publication process and evaluate the article in Yes.

The main purpose of academic journals is to represent and disseminate research and academic debates between academics (professors, researchers, students) within and between different academic disciplines. Academic articles are those that are reviewed by several experts in their related fields and then published in academic journals. Therefore, even if the database gives a visual indication that the article comes from an academic or peer-reviewed journal, it is necessary to ask the questions below to ensure that it is an article from a academic journal.