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Magazines vs. Journals
POPULAR MAGAZINES are written for a general audience. They are titles you might find at your public library or on a newsstand.
- Articles are usually written by journalists or professional writers.
- There are usually no bibliographies following the articles.
- They are mostly published by commercial presses.
- They are primarily used to inform, update, or introduce a topic to a general audience.
- Some examples of popular magazines are Newsweek, National Review, Commonweal.
SCHOLARLY JOURNALS are aimed at scholarly readers such as professors, researchers and college students.
- They usually have a narrow subject focus.
- Articles are written by people within the academic discipline or field.
- Articles are often reviewed by an author’s peers before publication.
- Scholarly journals are often called “Refereed Journals” or “Peer Reviewed Journals.”
- They are mostly published by an academic or association press.
- Scholarly publications include original research, reviews, and essays.
- Some examples of scholarly journals are: Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Journal of Applied Chemical Technology, Human Organization, or Journal of Academic Librarianship.
TRADE JOURNALS are geared for practitioners in a particular trade, profession or industry.
- Often academic libraries have relatively few of these. They are more likely to be located in a commercial office. However, trade schools and community college libraries may have many trade journals depending on their curriculum or instructional emphasis.
- They are published by professional or trade associations.
- They are particularly useful for examining issues or trends in a profession or industry. Advertising Age, Metal Workers Weekly, Library Journal are examples of trade publications.