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Comm 100 Public Speaking Mohamed: Magazines vs. Journals

A course guide for the Dougherty Family College (DFC) sections of Comm 100 taught by Amir Mohamed


  • Audience - the general public
  • No previous subject knowledge is required
  • Articles must help sell the magazine
  • Authors are not necessarily experts
  • Carries lots of advertising, probably more than articles
  • Lots of glossy pictures
  • For sale at newsstands

Magazines Vs Journals



What is a "Refereed" (Peer-Reviewed) article?

Refereed, or peer-reviewed articles are ones which are reviewed by a board of editors who are expert in a given field.These readers/editors determine if the material submitted for publication adds something significant to a body of knowledge that already exists. Refereed (or peer-reviewed) materials are important to the research and the literature of most academic fields; they assure readers that the information conveyed is reliable and timely.

The term "scholarly materials" is often used to describe refereed (or peer-reviewed) materials. However,the term is not exclusive to refereed material. While non-refereed materials may not by scrutinized as intensely as refereed materials, they can still be considered scholarly (or academic)!

Scholarly Journal

  • Audience - scholars in academic field
  • Readers have some understanding of the subject
  • Articles are refereed: must contribute to the existing body of knowledge in the field
  • Authors are experts in the field
  • Generally no advertising, not a profit making enterprise
  •  Generally few, if any, pictures
  • Distributed mostly by subscription