"Her article was accepted to a good scientific journal."

Should "journal" be translated with "journal" or "revue" in this context? I think "journal" in French is more like a diary or a newspaper, but "revue" is also more like a magazine. So should it be

Son article a été accepté à un bon journal scientifique.


Son article a été accepté à une bonne revue scientifique.

  • Do note that the french scientists I know actually use "journal" in (informal) french (as an anglicism, you may say), since it's well understood, and all science is so full of english words. See also peer review and review. Oct 26, 2016 at 21:44

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You're right, "journal" is a diary or a newspaper. "Revue scientifique" is the right term in this case.

Moreover, I never heard about an article being "accepté". I would rather say

Son article a été publié dans une bonne revue scientifique

Also, the "bonne" adjective is not quite right.

Son article a été publié dans une revue scientifique crédible

Maybe prestigieuse, réputée (based on the context)

  • Thanks for the answer! Why is "bonne" not right here?
    – user11550
    Oct 26, 2016 at 4:49
  • Using crédible (believable) prestigieuse (prestigious) or réputée (famous) add extra information bonne doesn't have. These words are not interchangeable. Moreover crédible doesn't even imply "good". I would not trust a revue scientifique crédible, did you mean fiable (reliable) ?
    – None
    Oct 26, 2016 at 5:30
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    technically, your article is "accepté" before being "publié", so that makes sense if you are speaking before the "revue scientifique" is published but after you know your article will be in it. Oct 26, 2016 at 10:09
  • Can "respectable" also be used here?
    – user11550
    Oct 26, 2016 at 14:10
  • "Respectable" is more about ethics and morals
    – abstrus
    Oct 27, 2016 at 2:51

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