Q. What is the difference between scholarly journals and popular magazines?

Answer

Your professors may ask you to use only scholarly journals for your research papers, so it's important to be able to tell the difference between scholarly and popular publications.

 

Scholarly (aka Peer-Reviewed/Academic)

Popular
Example American Journal of Political Science US News & World Report   
Article Length ~10-12 pages ~1-4 pages
Visuals Graphs/Tables Color images
Authors Academics/Researchers/Authorities/Scholars Journalists
Audience Academics/Researchers/Authorities/Scholars General public
Language Specialized Jargon/Technical/Discipline specific     Easy to read
References/Citations      Many References/Bibliography No cited references
Advertising Usually no ads Many ads
Article Structure

Abstract (summary), objectives, methodology, results, discussion,  
conclusion, and bibliography

No formal structure
  • Last Updated Sep 09, 2015
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  • Answered By Susan Mikkelsen

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