Why journals are important during research?

While doing research it’s the unwritten rule to publish your findings, not just to advance your academic chances or to make your CV exemplary but to put out ideas such that they encourage debate and further discussions, to share knowledge and experiences. Journals shoulder the responsibility of refine and define information and act as scientific filter, with monetary purposes where supply still outweighs the demand.  

The following insights are cited from the article titled ‘What are Journals for?’ published in the journal PubMed Central by Ann R Coll Surg Engl (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4473415/).

A standard journal accomplishes basic four crucial functions as per the table of content represented in the first issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society:

Registration of the author’s claim to the work – authors want recognition that they got there first.

Certification, usually by peer review, that the research was conducted properly – readers need to trust what they are reading and authors want their claims accepted.

Dissemination – authors want to reach the right audience and readers want access.

Archiving – both the author and reader want a permanent public record of the work that can be found and cited.

Navigation – readers need signposts and systems that help them find the articles they want to read (this fifth function was added after seeing an ever growing journal population)

The journals provide different niches for the communication of research, from ‘house’ publications that include more society information than original research papers to large high-end journals that only include original research – and everything in between.

Off lately, there has been a demand for research information (particularly in the life sciences) to be made freely available through open access.

Online journals have certainly reduced the costs of production and delivery, although the cost of managing quality control (peer review and editorial office management) remains constant. For the authors, they have significantly shortened the time from acceptance to publication.

Journal articles are the final output of most research, and a researcher’s performance and productivity are judged largely on the number of publications as well as where they appear. Journals have become deep rooted in academic infrastructure.

A journal is often perceived to comprise research articles but there are a wide variety of articles that serve the purpose of communication and provide valuable information to the community. News, editorials, letters, reviews, commentaries, images, audio clips and other forms of ‘article’ can be equally valuable to researchers, and can also be found in journals.

Here, is a list of chemical journals in library subscription-https://www.library.iitb.ac.in/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/List-of-journals.pdf


Also if you wish to access free journals with top publications, the best way would be through your institute or you can check out the publication website that gives you a link to search for your institutes and then get the complete article without any cost, hope this helps.