A journal (through French from Latin diurnalis, daily) has several related meanings.
It may be a daily record of events or business. According to Bryman (2004), the journal should be a record of the methods the researcher used .
There are two types of research journals. The first is an academic publication of peer reviewed articles in a given field, which presents
research as a straightforward and clear process. The second type of research journal is usually kept by qualitative researchers and exhibits
the messy business that research often is, showing the researcher's journey and contains the reasons why they made one decision instead of another.