So, what are "core journals?"
Core journals refer to the journals within a given specialty that are the most important ones for that specialty. They are frequently among the most well-known journals: the most often read, consulted, or cited by other researchers, educators, and practitioners within that specialty.
HINT: Core journals are also good journals for students to consult who are looking for research articles in a given speciality!
Peer-reviewed Article Databases:
Note: Point of Care Tool databases are meant to be used by practitioners/providers in the field, and than the more common databases of research articles/publications.
There are 118 core journals for the field of nursing according to the most recent research survey, a 2006 JMLA article (Journal of the Medical Library Association), entitled: "Mapping the General Literature of American Nursing" by authors Margaret Allen, MLS, AHIP, and June R. Levy, MLS. The authors define general to describe "the popular clinically orientated journals marketed to practicing nurses" in the U.S.
Of the 118 core journals, the following 24 journals constitute the most productive, frequently cited nursing journals. (For a complete list of all 118 journals, click on the above link to the JMLA article.)
(Journals are listed alphabetically. Links lead to journal access through FGCU Library, if available. Select "Connect now" on the linked page. Any information in quotation marks is direct from the journal's official website.)