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English Research Guide: Magazines Vs Journals

Literature research Guide

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 experts in the field

 

Generally no advertising, not a profit making enterprise

 

Generally few, if any pictures


Distributed mostly by subscription

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.

Note:
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)!

Magazine

Audience is general public

No previous knowledge is required


Articles must help sell the magazine

 

Authors are not necessarily experts


Carries lots of advertising, probably more than editorial content


Lots of glossy pictures


For sale at newsstands