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Scholarly Journals versus Popular Magazines

SCHOLARLY JOURNALS

POPULAR MAGAZINES

Bibliographies or references included Usually do not have bibliographies or references
Authors are experts, and the credentials (PhD, M.D., etc.) are often stated Authors are generalists and are frequently staff writers
Articles clearly state who the author is No author name may be present
Articles go through a referee procedure, being reviewed by other experts in the field Articles are only edited by the magazine editor
The audience is the scholarly reader, such as professors, researchers, or students The audience is the general population or a trade industry group
Articles are written following a standardized formate like the APA or MLA styles Various formats are used, usually with little structure
The text is written in the jargon of the field Lots of advertisements and photographs