Journals - Scholarly or Popular?

  scholarly journals professional journals substantial non-specialist journals popular journals

CRITERIA
SCHOLARLY JOURNALS
PROFESSIONAL JOURNALS
SUBSTANTIAL NON-SPECIALIST
POPULAR MAGAZINES
FORMAT & GRAPHICS
grave, serious formats; graphs and charts; seldom glossy pages or pictures similar to Substantial Non-specialist attractive in appearance; include photographs, illustrations, and graphics to enhance the publication slick and glossy with an attractive format; contain photographs, illustrations, and drawings to enhance their appeal
*SOURCES
cite sources with footnotes and/or bibliographies similar to Substantial Non-specialist occasionally cite sources rarely cite any sources; original sources can be obscure
*AUTHORS
&
*AUDIENCE
written by and for scholars or researchers written by professionals in the field written for an educated, general audience by the magazine's staff, scholars, or free-lance writers written by the publication's staff or free-lance writers for a broad-based audience
*LANGUAGE
terminology, jargon, and the language of the discipline covered; the reader is assumed to have a similar specialized background similar to Scholarly Journals language appropriate for an educated readership; they do not emphasize a specialty but do assume a certain level of education simple language in order to meet a minimum education level; short articles
*PURPOSE
to inform, report or make available original research or experimentation to the scholarly world to inform members of a professional organization about the organization's activities or to share practical information for practioners in the field to provide general information to a wide, interested audience to entertain, provide hobby information, or persuade
*PUBLISHERS
generally published by a professional organization may be published by either professional or commercial organizations generally published by commercial enterprises for profit published for profit
ADVERTISING
contain selective advertising selective advertising of products useful to practitioners in the field carry advertising contain extensive advertising
EXAMPLES

APPLIED NURSING RESEARCH
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
JOURNAL OF MAMMALOGY
MODERN FICTION STUDIES

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE ACM
MATHEMATICS IN SCHOOL
PARKS & RECREATION
PRACTICING ANTHROPOLOGY
SCIENCE AND CHILDREN
ATLANTIC MONTHLY
FORTUNE
NEW YORKER
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
UTNE READER
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS
GLAMOUR
PEOPLE WEEKLY
READER'S DIGEST
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

*=criteria for evaluating electronic publications and fulltext articles

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Last Updated: October 13, 2005