Cover a variety of topic/subject areas (Time, The New Yorker, National Review ). They may also cover a single subject area with the intention of informing or entertaining the readership (Sports Illustrated or Audubon).
Contain articles that do not contain a bibliography or cited reference page. The reader cannot check the author's information by tracking down and reading the original information source.
Intended for a non-academic, non-specialized audience.
Use conventional/conversational language, as opposed to a specialized vocabulary.
Provide articles written by journalists, rather than researchers or specialists in a given field.
Provide articles often accompanied by photographs or other illustrations.
Include extensive commercial advertising.
Issued frequently (i.e. come out weekly, bi-weekly or monthly).
Are sometimes in newspaper format.
Intended for a very specific audience, usually managers or administrators in business, finance, or industry (e.g. Brandweek, Constructor, or Food Management).
Issued weekly or monthly to take advantage of fast-breaking changes in products or technology.
Contain regular columns of news and commentary, as well as lengthier articles about current issues and trends of interest to people in the field.
Include articles written by specialists or journalists.
Scholarly Periodicals and Journals
Scholarly journals are also called 'academic' journals or 'peer reviewed' journals and:
Include lengthy articles (five to fifty+ pages) which contain original research or results of a study done in a specific subject area (e.g. music theory, psychology, medicine).
Contain articles with footnotes or cited reference pages. The cited references allow the reader to consult the same material that the author used in his/her research.
Intended for an academic or scholarly audience and use technical or specialized vocabulary.
Publish articles written by scholars, specialists, or researchers in the field (as opposed to articles written by journalists reporting on or synthesizing research).
Publish reviews of the literature.
Include articles with charts or tables: news photos and other types of graphics are often not used except in the case of articles on visual subjects such as art, design, or architecture.
Produced under the editorial supervision of a professional association (e.g. Journal of the American Medical Association) or by a scholarly press (e.g. University of Washington Press).
Contain little or no advertising or photographs.
Issued less frequently than magazines (i.e. two to twelve times per year.)