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Magazines vs. Journals

What is difference between these
two types of periodical articles?

picture of magazine
picture of journal
  Magazines Scholarly Journals
Audience Written for the "average" person who doesn't have in-depth knowledge of a topic. Aimed at professionals, researchers or others with more in-depth knowledge of the topic.
Content Entertainment, opinion, current topics, quick facts. Research, analysis, scholarship. Often includes abstract, research methods, conclusion, bibliography.
Length Shorter articles providing broad overviews of topics. Longer articles providing in-depth analysis of topics.*
Look Glossy, color pictures, advertisements. "Serious" looking, usually with fewer illustrations and advertisements.
Author Author is usually a staff writer or journalist. The author's name is often not provided. Authors are usually experts, often university researchers. Authors' credentials are usually included.
Credibility Articles are generally evaluated by staff editors rather than experts in the field. Research articles must be reviewed by a "jury" of experts before they are published. Sometimes referred to as "peer-reviewed" or "refereed."*
Examples Newsweek, Time, Vogue,
Psychology Today, Discover
Journal of American History, Science, Foreign Affairs

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