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Is It Scholarly or General? How Will I Know?

Distinguishing features of scholarly journals and general magazines.

Professional

                   

 

Professional Journals

 

Appearance

 

Profession-related ads, color graphics, photos.

Audience

Practioners within a particular profession.

Authors

Specialists and journalists.

Content

Developments in the field and practical information, with some research articles.

References

Sometimes cite sources, are occasionally peer-reviewed.

Trade

                        

 

Trade Journals

 

Appearance

 

Color photographs, visually appealing, ads.

Audience

Workers within the industry.

Authors

Staff writers, professionals within the field.

Content

Industry-related current events, ideas, products, services,  job ads.

References

Rarely cite sources.

Also Called

Industry magazines/journals.