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A review journal in academic publishing is an academic journal devoted to the review of progress in some particular area or topic during a preceding period often through the means of its publishing review articles.
Review journals can be divided by
- the frequency of publication
- the format
- the subject scope of the review
- the time period
- the type of review they provide
Each individual title needs to be characterized in these respects.
Frequency of publication
- irregular, less than annual
- Periodically: monthly, semi-monthly, quarterly, etc.
- separate journal
- regular feature in a journal
- irregular of special article in a journal
- Broad overview of the subject as a whole
- Overview of major topic within the subject
- Review of specific topic
- Multi year
- recurring in a cycle over a multi year period
- Currently published items.
- comprehensive—all relevant work
- selective/comprehensive—all major relevant work
- selective—the best work in a field.
Type of review
- enumerative—listing with brief descriptions
- evaluative—judging worth of the publications included
- summarizing—providing a state-of-the-art summary
Representative review series
- Annual review of [biochemistry, anthropology, etc. ], published by Annual Reviews online and in print, publishes 32 series of annual volumes giving enumerative overviews of major topics within each subject, in a multi year cycle
- Annual Review of Information Science and Technology