Wikipedia:Scholarly journal

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Independent, peer-reviewed publications such as academic journals or specialist trade magazines are important reliable sources on Wikipedia, particularly for new concepts or cutting-edge research that may not yet appear in textbooks. Additionally, there is serious disagreement among scholars about the validity and/or applicability of measurements such as the Impact Factor (and such measurements only apply to academic journals anyway). The Impact Factor, we believe, should not be the sole or even a main determining factor in deciding on whether a journal topic should have a Wikipedia standalone article.

Sometimes these publications appear as Articles for Deletion. Users citing this essay believe there should be a presumption to keep such academic journals and specialist trade magazines provided these can be established as verifiable and independent. In other words, we believe the notability standards for such publications should be relatively inclusive, even if the journal is a new startup, and even if the organisation or company responsible for the publication are the (main) writers and editors of the article, maintaining of course the usual standards set in WP:COI.

We also believe that for these journals, editors should be able to establish notability based on adequate citations in reliable sources from articles published in the journal as well as references to the journal on the usual Google searches, particularly Google Books, Scholar, and News.

Further, Wikipedia articles largely are built on inline references that cite to journals, etc. In the Wikipedia citation, the name of the journal often is internally linked (e.g., doubled square brackets [[ ]] are put around the journal name). If the scholarly journal is being used within Wikipedia as a source in enough articles, then that should be taken into account in determiing whether Wikipedia should have an article on the journal, at least a stub article, to provide more information to Wikipedia readers about the cited reference.

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