Frequently used Research Terms


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These are terms we use many times, interchangeably and it’s bound to cause a lot of confusion.

A researcher has many hurdles to cross. J-Gate offers to be a researcher’s friend. Someone you can always go to for your research.
Among the many challenges, a researcher may face, understanding the terms on the website should not be one of them.

Allow us to shed light on these terms and provide some clarity.

What’s the difference between a thesis, an article, and a journal?

These are all sources for your research. Although some of these terms are used so repeatedly and interchangeably, they mean different things. Let’s understand what each of them means.


  • Thesis (Dissertation): a document written in support of obtaining an academic degree or qualification. A thesis includes only one topic. It consists of an in-depth study under the guidance of a highly educated individual.
  • Journals: Publications issued on a regular basis. An issue of a journal contains many individual articles. They include many topics which are co-related.
  • Article: a piece of writing included in the journals.

J-Gate consists of 48,000+ Indexed Journals. Journals and Thesis have entirely different meanings.

What are indexed journals?

Indexed journals are considered to be of higher scientific quality as compared to non-indexed journals. They have more credibility over the non-indexed journals. A journal can stand out from the other publications by getting the journal indexed by one or more leading databases. Indexation of a journal is considered to be a reflection of its quality. J-Gate has 47,000+ indexed journals of a higher, scientific quality.


To quote Albert Einstein again, we hope this article made things simple to understand, but not too simple.

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