Popular or Scholarly – What is the Difference?
- The basic differences between popular and scholarly articles arise from the audience for which the periodical is written.
|Criteria||Popular Magazines||Scholarly Journals|
|AUDIENCE||general public||scholars, students, professionals|
|APPEARANCE||lots of color, advertising, illustrations, short articles||mostly text, black & white, graphs & charts, long articles with bibliographies & footnotes|
|CONTENT||feature articles on timely topics; written for a
general audience in a language that is easy to understand
|researched and footnoted articles; written for a specialized audience
in a vocabulary that is not easily understood by the average reader
|AUTHOR(ITY)||written by staff & freelance writers; checked by editors||authored by researchers, academics, specialists; peer-reviewed|
|EXAMPLES||Time; Business Week; People||The Journal of American History; Signs|