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Scholarly Journals or Popular Magazines: Overview
Scholarly Journal Overview
Audience: scholars, researchers, specialists.
Reports results of original research aimed at certain disciplines in lengthy articles written in technical terms
Written by experts, scholars, researchers who give their credentials and affiliations in the articles
Reviewed by experts or peer reviewed
Often present one subject area by scholarly societies
Have a serious look with plain text, seldom glossy
Usually have abstracts, graphs, or charts
Have footnotes, sources cited, and bibliographies
Have no advertising or very little
Often published by professional organizations, scholarly societies, or universities
Sample Scholarly Journal Titles
JAMA(Journal of the American Medical Association)
Journal of African American History
Journal of Marriage and Family
Examples of a Scholarly Journal
The following example of an article on siblings from the Journal of Marriage and Family shows some of the details of what you may find in a scholarly journal:
author and his/her affiliation (business or scholarly relationship)is identified;
abstract or summary begins the article;
citations within the text identifying the ideas and research of other authors;
more information on the author's affiliation may be given at the end of the page or article.
list of references at the end of the article identifying the research and ideas of other authors in detail;
example list of references is A.P.A. style;
organized by last name of author and date of publication;
in-text citation in example (Downey, 1995) points to the reference: Downey, D.B. (1995)...
This website was adapted from many library sites offering a description of the difference between scholarly journals and popular magazines. Some of these sites have very detailed descriptions further dividing periodicals into the above types. University of Central Florida and Winston Salem State University carefully discuss the differences. Check out the following library sites that were used to come up with LPC's description. You may find many other useful sites by searching "journals vs magazines" in a good search engine.