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What is a Journal?

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What is a magazine? How can I tell the difference between a journal and a magazine?

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What is a Journal?

A journal is a publication that contains articles focused on a specific topic or discipline of study. Articles in journals are usually published by academic publishers or by scholarly or professional societies and organizations.

The intended audience is made up of specialists in professions and academic disciplines, teachers, researchers, and students learning research in their academic fields. Journals are often subscribed to by individual scholars or by college and university libraries.

Articles in these types of publications receive what is called in the academic world “peer review.” Prior to acceptance for publication, all manuscripts of proposed articles are reviewed by scholars in the field to judge scholarly merit, research value, and accuracy. Scholarly articles normally indicate the credentials of the author, explain the methodology used in the research, and list footnotes or references to document the source material used in writing the article.

What is a Magazine?

A magazine is a periodical that usually contains an assorted collection of articles, fiction, recipes, and images. Magazines are typically directed at a general reading audience (public). Magazines are often published on a weekly or monthly basis. Some examples of popular magazines are: * Time * Newsweek * People * Sports Illustrated * Wired * Southern Living

How can I tell the difference between a journal and a magazine?

This table offers some clues on how to tell if you are reading a journal or a magazine.

Is it a Scholarly Journal or a Magazine?

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