Q. What is the difference between a periodical, a serial and a journal?

The terms ‘periodical’, ‘serial’ and ‘journal’ are used interchangeably in the Library, usually to mean an academic or scholarly journal.

  • Periodical is a broad term, meaning anything that is published periodically. It could be newspapers, magazines, newsletters or journals.
  • Serial is also a broad term, meaning anything that is published serially, or in a series. It is most often used to mean academic journals.
  • A journal is a publication which comes out on a regular basis and contains articles.

You can see the Peer-Reviewed journals FAQ for information about peer reviewed or refereed journals.

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