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Chapter 6. Biological Research on the Web > Finding Scientific Articles

6.2. Finding Scientific Articles

Scientists have traditionally been able to trust the quality of papers in print journals because these journals are refereed. An editor sends each paper to a group of experts who are qualified to judge the quality of the research described. These reviewers comment on the manuscript, often requiring additions, corrections, and even further experiments before the paper is accepted for publication. Print journals in the sciences are, increasingly frequently, publishing their content in an electronic format in addition to hardcopy. Almost every major journal has a web site, most of which are accessible only to subscribers, although access to abstracts usually is free. Scientific articles in these web journals go through the same process of review as their print counterparts.

Another trend is e-journals, which have no print counterpart. These journals are usually refereed, and it shouldn't be too hard to find out by whom. For instance, the Journal of Molecular Modeling , an electronic journal published by Springer-Verlag, has links to information about the journal's editorial policy prominently displayed on its home page.


  

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