The difference between scholarly journals and popular magazines:
|Popular & General Interest
|Serious appearance; may contain graphs, charts, statistics, few pictures, known as "Peer-Reviewed" or "Refereed" or "Academic"
|Attractive in appearance, heavily illustrated with photos and ads
|Writers of Articles
Authors are often professors at universities, scholars or professionals with extensive experience. They are experts in the field (normally have obtained at least a Master’s Degree or greater in their field of study)
|Usually free-lance or staff writers
|College students, faculty, scholars, or researchers
|Longer articles that often provide in-depth research statistics and findings
|Shorter articles - often one to three pages in length
|Always cites sources and usually includes endnotes or a lengthy Works Cited page
|Sometimes cite their sources. Often no references are provided.
|Often a university, a research institution, or a professional organization
|Commercial enterprises or individuals
|Journal of Marriage and Family, American Historical Review, Social Problems, New England Journal of Medicine
|Ebony, Men's Journal, People, Time Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek