A discipline‐specific publication through which academics and other researchers can publish and disseminate their work, the academic journal normally takes the form of a collection of articles, research papers, or reviews which have been submitted to the journal's editorial board. In most cases papers being considered for publication are submitted for scrutiny and appraisal by recognized academics or authorities in the appropriate field, who may recommend that the paper be accepted as it stands, or that specific revisions be made, or that the paper be rejected for publication. This process of refereeing is known as peer review. Publication in refereed journals is one of the outputs encouraged by the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), and is therefore a goal for many teachers in higher education. For academics wishing to publish their research, a clear hierarchy of journals exists, with international refereed journals being considered the most prestigious. This hierarchy is reinforced by the assessment framework applied by the RAE. There is, therefore, considerable competition to place papers for publication, particularly in high‐profile international journals, as an RAE approaches. For teachers and other academics in the field of education, a key publication is the British Educational Research Journal, which is the journal of the British Educational Research Association.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.