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Education Subject Guide: Journals


Accessing Journals

What is a journal?

A journal is a regular publication that is published weekly, monthly or quarterly. They are subject based and contain articles written by experts or professionals in that subject. University of Suffolk library has a wide range of journals, available both in hard copy or online as e-journals
Journals may also be referred to as periodicals and serials, they are just different words for the same publication.  Find out more

How do I find journal articles?

You can find journal articles by using our resource discovery tool, Summon. this tool will also highlight key databases for your search, and allow you to search them individually.

Key Journals

Academy of Management Learning and Education
American Educational Research Journal

Anthropology & Education Quarterly

Applied Measurement in Education

Asia-Pacific Journal of Education

British Educational Research Journal

British Journal of Educational Psychology

British Journal of Educational Technology

British Journal of Sociology in Education

Cambridge Journal of Education

Computers and Education

Early Childhood Research Quarterly

Economics of Education Review


Educational Action Research

Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Educational Philosophy and Theory

Educational Research

Educational Researcher

Educational Review

Educational Studies

Educational Theory

European Journal of Teacher Education

Harvard Educational Review

Health Education Research

International Journal of Educational Research

International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education

Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

Journal of College Student Development

Journal of Curriculum Studies

Journal of Education and Work

Journal of Education Policy

Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics

Journal of Educational Change

Journal of Educational Research

Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics

Journal of Experimental Education

Journal of Higher Education

Journal of Literacy Research

Journal of School Health

Journal of Teacher Education

Language Learning

Language Learning & Technology

Learning and Instruction

London Review of Education

McGill Journal of Education

Oxford Review of Education

Physical Review Special Topics. Physics Education Research

Reading Research Quarterly

Reflective Practice

Research in Higher Education

Review of Educational Research

Review of Higher Education

Science Education International

Second Language Research

Sociology of Education

Workshops & Events

Understanding Journals

What is an abstract?

An abstract is a summary of the research written in a small number of words (typically half a page at most)..

They're often found at the beginning of dissertations, theses, or journal articles.  The abstract should give the reader enough information about the research to make them recognise its significance and assess whether it is relevant to the particular area they are researching. 

This section is important because it potentially saves you time reading, by allowing you to get a feel for the contents of the article without having to read through it entirely.


What is peer review?

  • Peer review is an important process applied to research articles before publication. Peer review involves the article being read by professionals and experts in the field to assess the quality, significance and relevance of the research. 
  • This process can highlight errors in the research process, duplicated work and flaws in experimental design. If there are problems with the research then the article is returned to the original authors for further work.
  • Reviewers are selected based on their knowledge of a subject area, they will be specialists in their field, they will be expected to retain confidentiality about the paper that they are working on and be objective and fair.
    The time-scale for the review process is usually about two weeks.
  • Once a peer reviewed article is published it is 'recognised' as a piece of work of value and importance.
  • Post publication discussion about the work undertaken in the article usually continues through letters to the editor and further debate among the research or academic community.

What are Impact Factors?

The Journal Impact Factor is a method of ranking a particular title against others in the field. Ranking is undertaken annually and arrived at using a formula based on the number of times articles in a particular journal have been cited in the previous two years divided by the total number of articles published in the journal title in the last two years.

Journal Impact Factors are primarily used in the scientific publishing community, but are increasingly being applied to humanities journals

How do I find out the impact factor of a journal?

You can access Journal Citation Reports (JCR) through the Web of Science database

Once in Web of Knowledge select Additional Resources and search for the journal title that you want to find.

Where can I find print journals in the library?

The UOS Ipswich library provides students with a small number of print version journals. 

The print journals are located in the back corner of the University of Suffolk Ipswich library, in the Journal Archive Room.

Whilst some students prefer to access print copies of journals, it is important to remember that the majority of journals available for access are online, and can be found using Summon, or the A-Z of ejournals link. 

Requesting Articles

If you're unable to find the article you're looking for, we can order articles for you using the resource request service. You should check the service details for your local University of Suffolk library.

University of Suffolk Ipswich students:
You can request to order an article by completing the correct form (below) and returning a signed copy to the Information Desk at the library. 

The number of article requests available to you depends on your level of study.