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The following chart shows some of the differences between scholarly and non-scholarly resources:

 

 

    Scholarly Journals Popular Magazines
Purpose

• Share results of research with other scholars

• Broad appeal

• Entertain

• Sell products

Audience

• Researchers

• Academic faculty

• Students 

• General public

Authors

• Scholars and researchers

• Experts in the field

• Journalist

• Featured writers

Publisher

• Professional associations

• University publishers

• Scholarly commercial publishers

• Commercial publisher

Appearance

• Basic layout

• Usually black text on white paper

• Tables or charts

• Minimal subject-related advertising

• Often printed on glossy paper

• Colored text or headlines

• Usually has accompanying photographs

• Many advertisements. 

Article Acceptance

• Peer-reviewed by experts in the field

• Writers usually employed by magazine

Article Length

• Often lengthy (approximately 10-30 pages)

• Often short (approximately 1-10 pages)

Article Language

• College-level

• Specialized vocabulary or jargon of the discipline

• Non-technical

• Conversational/simple vocabulary 

Organization & References

• Highly-structured

• Include abstracts, review of literature, methodology, and citations to sources

• Always contain a bibliography of references 

• Loosely-structured

• Rarely have bibliographies

• Sometimes informally mention sources

Examples

• American Journal of Political Science

• Policy Studies Review

• Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report

• Time 



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