If a publication has the word "journal" in its name, is it a scholarly publication?
No, the word "journal" in the title does not always indicate that it is a scholarly publication. A publication is classified as a "journal" based upon the nature and quality of information it offers.
Journal of Arachnology is a scholarly publication, whereas Wall Street Journal is NOT a scholarly publication, since it is a newspaper.
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly is also a scholarly publication, though the word "journal" is not in the title.
Learn more about the differences between scholarly and popular sources here: http://mc.libguides.com/research/ScholarPopular