In order to determine the style, structure, and rhetorical conventions your scholarly article should embody, choose a journal (in consultation with a faculty mentor) that would be appropriate to publish a research project like yours in. This should be a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, and not a journal for publishing student research. Avoid special issues, since they often include atypical articles (because they'e put together by guest editors).
Based on your reading of 5+ articles in a recent issue(s) of this journal and investigation of its website, write an informal report that describes the journal, using cited evidence to support your claims. The format of the report can be basic and practically oriented (because its purpose is to inform your research project revision), but should include a summary synthesizing the journal's overall characteristics that you elaborate on in the body of your report and a bibliography providing source information for your citations. The stylistic, formal, topical, rhetorical, etc conventions you describe in this report will become the evaluation criteria for your revised scholarly article.
Journal description should cover:
- the purpose/focus of the journal: what issues/topics does it publish about? what is its niche in (inter)disciplinary scholarly conversation?
- the type(s) of research it publishes: textual analysis? empirical analysis? rhetorical criticism? what are authors interpreting--what kinds of texts, data, etc?
- the journal's author- and readership: who writes for and reads this journal? who edits it? what are their scholarly (or other professional) backgrounds and research specialties?
- the journal's submission instructions/parameters: what length of manuscripts do they accept? are there any other special requirements for their manuscripts?
- the structure of the articles: do articles use sections? if so, what kinds? if not, what organizational similarities and differences do you see across them? what other structural features do you notice--use/absence of footnotes/endnotes (and what's in them/their relation to main text), tables/figures/images, appendices (and what's in them/their relationship to the main text), etc.
- how do authors create exigence: what techniques do authors use to claim significance of their work?
- the methods of analysis: what approaches or methods do authors use to conduct their scholarship?
- the implications authors draw: what kinds of recommendations do authors make based on their research? what impact do they argue that their conclusions/findings (should) have?
- the types and number of sources used: what kinds of sources does the journal draw on? (for example, "classic" scholarship, recent scholarship, popular media/culture, theory, art, other texts, etc.) how many citations do you see per articles?
- the style authors write in: do authors use personal narrative or the first person? do authors use "sign-posting"? do authors use block quotes, and if so, what types of texts are they drawn from? do they use humor--puns, jokes, or plays on words, etc.? Are there references to popular culture or current events? Etc.