Popular Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals

Popular Magazines Scholarly Journals
Articles are written by journalists or staff writers
Written in non-technical language that a wide audience will understand
An issue may contain articles on a wide variety of topics
Articles may be in a variety of formats and do not include references or bibliographies
Magazines contain commercial advertising and frequently have lots of illustrations and photos
Overall, magazine articles are seen as less authoritative and credible
Articles are written by experts in the field
Written in discipline-specific language utilizing special terminology
An issue is often (though not always) centered around a particular theme or concept
Articles tend to follow the same format: abstract, author's name and affiliation, article, references/bibliography
Journals rarely contain advertising
Are usually peer-reviewed
Overall, journal articles are longer, more indepth, credible and authoritative

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