# What is the difference between an **Article** and a **Paper**? [closed]

What is the difference between an Article and a Paper? Is there anybody(or journal) which will evaluate our article?

My thought

I am thinking that an article is just explaining or giving details of some discussions in our own way with out change the idea of working. But paper is giving some new idea for a proof or new approach to the discussion or discovering the truth.

Is it correct?

One more Question Is any guide needed for article and paper?

## closed as off-topic by user21820, Andrés E. Caicedo, Przemysław Scherwentke, Aditya Hase, AvitusDec 12 '14 at 7:47

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• This question appears to be off-topic because it probably should belong on Academia SE. – user21820 Dec 12 '14 at 6:58
• There are definite and indefinite articles, but no one is produced from wood, as paper is. ;-) – Przemysław Scherwentke Dec 12 '14 at 6:59

No, there is no difference: the two words are used interchangeably. ${}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}$

• I have no idea why this got a downvote... – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez Dec 12 '14 at 7:08
• I cannot imagine that on tex.stackexchange.com an answer of a user with such reputation could be downvoted without explanations. – Przemysław Scherwentke Dec 12 '14 at 7:27

There may be a subtle difference. You can write "papers" that are not for publication in a periodical journal. Example: students at any level may be asked to write a paper on something, but it's almost never called an article unless it appears in print in a periodical of some sort (which can even be a school journal). But when you say "article", it generally refers to a body of text that is published as part of a periodical. In the academic context, the term generally refers to something that appears in a peer-reviewed journal.

If it's understood that you're speaking only in the context of peer-reviewed literature, "article" and "paper" may be used interchangeably. But if the context is ambiguous, then "paper" has a wider meaning.

As for the second question, there are many generic guides on the internet to help you in writing your first scientific article. However, it's most important that you read the specific instructions for the journal that you are submitting your work to. That can usually be found online under "Instructions for Authors".