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Scholarly journal, trade magazine, or popular magazine?

Scholarly journal, trade magazine, or popular magazine?

 

 

SCHOLARLY JOURNALS

TRADE MAGAZINES

POPULAR MAGAZINES

Appearance
 

plain cover

plain paper

black/white graphics & illustrations, many charts & graphs

pages consecutive throughout each volume

cover depicts industrial setting

glossy paper

pictures & illustrations in color

each issue starts with page 1

eye-catching cover

glossy paper

pictures & illustrations in color

each issue starts with page 1

Audience

students studying in a particular field, researchers, or professionals

members of a specific business, industry, or organization

nonprofessionals

Content

research projects, methodology, & theory

articles written by contributing authors

industry trends, new products or techniques, & organizational news

articles written by staff or contributing authors

personalities, news, & general interest articles

articles written by staff, may be unsigned

Accountability

peer reviewed/refereed

bibliographies included

editorial review

may have short bibliographies

editorial review

no bibliographies

Advertisements

very few or no ads

all or most of the ads are trade related

many ads throughout

Examples

Critical Care Nurse

Current Psychology

Journal of Small Business Management

Literature-Film Quarterly

Business Marketing

Dairy Farmer

Hospital Law Newsletter

Nursing Times

 

Ladies Home Journal

New York

Psychology Today

Sports Illustrated

Time

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