PLoS features "peer-reviewed, open access scientific and medical journals that include original research as well as timely feature articles." Use the Filter by Subject Area feature to narrow your search to Chemistry.
This full-text, weekly multidisciplinary scientific journal publishes original peer-reviewed research and noteworthy science news (1997 to the present).
What is a Scholarly Article?
Assignments often require the use of scholarly or peer-reviewed articles. Scholarly resources, such as journal articles, have distinct characteristics when compared to popular resources, such as magazine and newspaper articles. Here is a guide to identifying popular and scholarly resources:
Entertain or Inform
Glossy, colorful pages with lots of advertisements
Plain, black-and-white pages with graphs and tables; very few ads
Written in every-day language
Formal, field specific
Professionals in the field, Faculty, and Students
Full citations generally not included
Full citations required
People Magazine, CNN.com
Journal of Psychology, JAMA
Peer-reviewed resources have been reviewed by other professionals in the field before being published. Not all scholarly resources are peer-reviewed. Many databases allow users to limit the results to include only peer-reviewed materials. If you are not sure if a source is peer-reviewed, contact a librarian for help.