What is the difference between a Scholarly
Journal and a Popular Magazine?
- Short articles written by professional
writers to entertain or inform a general audience.
- Articles are written in an informal,
journalistic writing style usually aiming at a fifth grade reading
- The authorís credentials are not usually
- Sources are rarely documented.
- Purpose of the publication is to make
- Published by commercial presses and contain
- Lengthy articles written by experts or
scholars for an expert, academic audience (faculty, graduate students,
researchers) in a particular field.
- Employ a formal, scholarly or technical
writing style utilizing a vocabulary that requires some degree of
- The authorís expertise is usually given near
the beginning or at the end of the article and an abstract is
- Sources are credited in footnotes and/or a
- Often reviewed by an authorís peers before
- Purpose of the publication is to share information.
Articles are based on original research and experimentation in
science or social science or are the writings, criticism and reviews
of scholars in the humanities.
- Published by academic presses, professional
associations, or universities. Any advertisements are usually for books,
journals, or conferences.
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