Identifying ResourcesScholarly VS. Popular Journals: Comparison

CRITERIA SCHOLARLY JOURNALS POPULAR MAGAZINES
Plain cover and paper. Eye-catching cover.
Primarily text with few pictures. Tables, graphs and diagrams are included. Color photographs and pictures.
If there are ads, they are for other scholarly materials, conferences, or discipline-related products. Colorful ads for general commercial products.
Scholars, researchers, and practitioners. General public.
Experts in the field.
Authors named and institutional affiliations given.
Magazine staff members, journalists, freelance writers with an interest in the topic.
Authors may be anonymous.
Editorial board of outside scholars for referee or peer review process. Editors work for the publisher.
Often scholarly or professional organization, university press, or publisher specializing in scholarly materials. Commercial or for profit publisher.
Research projects with method and statistical analysis; literary criticism; theory. News, personalities, features articles, and topics of general interest.
Long and contain an abstract. Usually short and do not contain an abstract.
Uses terminology, jargon and language of the discipline covered.
Assumes reader has similar scholarly background.
Easy to read, simple language used.
Assumes reader has little background.
Include a bibliography, references, footnotes, notes, or works cited. Generally do not include a bibliography, references, footnotes, notes, or works cited.
In-depth and very narrowly focused on the field of research. Superficial and broadly focused

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