Analysis of online dictionaries and journals

Before starting to search for research materials it is important to be able to critically analyse a journal. Thus, it is essential to find answers to the following questions:


  1. What kind of journal is that?
  2. Who is the journal published by?
  3. Is the publisher trustworthy?
  4. Is the journal peer-reviewed?
  5. Is it easy to navigate on the page?
  6. Who are the authors of the articles?
  7. Is there much advertising in the journal?
  8. Is it open access journal or not?


The following table helps you distinguish among various types of journals:



Popular magazines

Professional/ Trade journals

Scholarly journals

Who is the intended audience?

The general public

Members of a trade or profession

Researchers and experts

Who are the authors?

Staff writers, although many articles are unsigned

Staff writers and experts in the field

Researchers and experts

Are sources cited in the bibliography?

Almost never



What is the publication’s purpose?

To disseminate general information and news or to entertain

To publicize current topics and professional issues in the field

To disseminate research findings

What is the content?

General interest stories and news

Trends, standards, and new technologies in the field

Research reports

What kind of language is used?

Language that requires no expertise

Jargon that assumes expertise in the field

Jargon that assumes expertise in the field

Who is the publisher?

Commercial organisations


Associations or universities

Is the source of information reliable?

Most of the time, but not necessarily - publishing deadlines mean a thorough review is difficult to conduct

Usually - the articles often undergo reviews by an editor or editorial board, but sometimes publications are biased to support the industry

Yes - the articles undergo blind reviews by other scholars



Assignment 1


Choose an online journal that you like and distinguish its type according to the table, add your personal comments on the overall structure of the journal (200 words). Save the analysis as a Microsoft Word file and send it to the lecturer’s e-mail: Afterwards, the lecturer will comment and asses your writing and will send the graded file back to you.

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