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Journal Publishing

A guide to how to go about picking an appropriate journal to submit an article for publication and how to successfully navigate the process of submission.

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This guide offers information and resources for students, faculty and other researchers to help them navigate the process of publishing their research in a journal and issues they should consider along the way.

Elements of a Scholarly Article


Usually a brief summary of the article including information on methodology and results.


Provides any necessary background information about the topic of research, with reasoning for why the study is being done.

Literature Review

Provides a summary of what other literature has been written on the topic.


Explains how the study was done. It includes details of the research, including set-up and how data was collected.

Results or Findings

Presents the data from the study. This section usually includes charts, tables and graphs as visual representations of the data.


This section offers an analysis of the data, and how the study relates to existing knowledge of the topic. The authors evaluate whether the results of their study answer their research question.


A discussion of how the study adds to the existing knowledge on the topic and a consideration of potential research for further studies.


List of resources (articles, books, journals, etc) that authors used when developing their research.

Subject Specialists

Chemistry and Geophysical Sciences Librarian
Andrea Twiss-Brooks
Regenstein 103; 773-702-8777

Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics Librarian
Jenny Hart
Crerar Library; 773-702-7569

Business and Economics Librarian
Greg Fleming
JRL 100B; 773-834-8987