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A book or log in which entries are made to record events on a daily basis. A book where transactions or events are recorded as they occur.

A legislative journal is kept by the clerk and is a daily record of the legislative proceedings. Typical entries include actions taken by various committees and a chronological accounting of bills introduced on the floor.


noun acta diurna, biographical record, chronicle, chronology, contemporary account, daily paper, daily register, daybook, diary, ephemeris, gazette, historical record, ledger, log, logbook, magazine, narrative, periodical, record, register, serial
See also: calendar, dossier, record, register

JOURNAL, mar. law. The book kept on board of a ship or other vessel, which contains an account of the ship's course, with a short history of every occurrence during the voyage. Another name for logbook. (q.v.) Chit. Law of Nat. 199.

JOURNAL, common law. A book used among merchants, in which the contents of the waste-book are separated every month, and entered on the debtor and creditor side, for more convenient posting in the ledger.

JOURNAL, legislation. An account of the proceedings of a legislative body.
     2. The Constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 5, directs that "each house shall keep a journal of its proceedings; and from time to time publish the same, excepting such parts as may, in their judgment, require secrecy." Vide 2 Story, Const., 301.
     3. The constitutions of the several states contain similar provisions.
     4. The journal of either house is evidence of the action of that house upon all matters before it. 7 Cowen, R. 613 Cowp. 17.

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It is the copy of his journal when abroad, and all that happened.
What say you, gentlemen, to the First Epistle to the Corinthians in our pious ministerial journal, and the reply Epistle to the Ministers in the opposition sheet?
But you know perfectly well that nothing is more likely to strike the king's mind than just those reasons the opposition journal has chosen to put forth.
Read that," said des Lupeaulx, handing him over the two journals, and continuing to run his eye over others to see if Baudoyer had pulled any further wires.
These typically anonymous reviewers weed out research with flawed methods or conclusions and work that isn't a good fit for a particular journal.
The fundamental issue with redundant publication is that it violates the trust placed by readers of a journal that content is original unless there is a clear statement to the contrary.
Launched in 1978, "Clinical Cardiology" is a monthly journal that offers information on advances in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, namely how clinical cardio vascular research translates into practice, interventional techniques, pathology, pharmacology, biochemistry, and rehabilitation.
McCrindle & Christensen (1995) found in their study of forty undergraduate biology students that the group of twenty that were required to keep a learning journal performed significantly better than the control group on the course final exam.
I have long been impressed by the need for a journal which would provide a vehicle for the rapid publication of research findings on environmental factors which might have broad impact on human health; a forum for exploration in context and perspective of basic research on environmental constituents; a focus for those aspects of environmental research which have implications for human health; and a medium for publication and exchange of adequately documented
These areas, with the exception of career development and career theory, were the focal points of at least one special issue or special section in The Career Development Quarterly, Journal of Career Development, Journal of Career Assessment, or Journal of Vocational Behavior.
New Models for Scholarly Journals: When libraries select electronic journals, how do the products offered to them or the models they choose (such as a database of separate papers rather than a journal issue model) influence scholarship and the way journals are used?
Studies have shown that people with asthma, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, or insomnia have benefited from keeping a personal journal.