Answered By: Ken Fujiuchi
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2014     Views: 37

An important part of the scholarly communication cycle is the review and publishing of scholarly works.  Instructors often request that students use scholarly or academic journals instead of popular magazine articles for their research.  Articles from the popular press, such as magazines and newspapers, are sometimes considered to have less credibility. 

Scholarly journals usually contain…

 Popular magazines usually contain…

 Supported research 

Articles that attract the general public

 Serious looking articles

Bright glossy photos

 Little or no advertising

Many advertisements

Articles written by scholars, researchers, and experts  in the field

Articles written by journalists

 Discipline-specific language

Non-technical language

 Bibliographies, footnotes

No bibliographies or footnotes

Examples:Nature, Lancet, English Journal, Education and Urban Society

 Examples:People, Sports Illustrated, Time, Glamour, U.S. News & World Report