Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines


Scholarly Articles:


          Written by credentialed experts in a particular field of study, such as science, literature, history, etc., for a specialized audience of other experts


          Written for a specialized audience (other experts in a field of study)


          Refereed or peer reviewed -- reviewed by an editor and other specialists before being accepted for publication)


          Language is scholarly or technical


          Research-based and often lengthy


          Include references for sources


          Advertisements not included, or only highly specialized advertisements


Examples of Scholarly Journals:


American Psychologist

Film History

New England Journal of Medicine

Political Science Quarterly


Popular Articles


          Written for a general audience by journalists


          Often cover current events, general interest or special interest (non-academic) topics


          Language is easily understood by general readers


          Rarely include references


          Articles often shorter than scholarly articles


Examples of Popular Magazines:


Hot Rod

Martha Stewart Living





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