Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals [1]

Characteristics

Scholarly

Popular

Telling the difference between the two
Length Longer articles, providing in-depth analysis of specific topics Shorter articles, providing overviews of broad topics
Authorship Authors are usually experts or specialists in the field with stated credentials and academic affiliations Authors are usually staff writers or journalists. Credentials often not provided
Language/Audience Written in the vocabulary (jargon) of the field for scholarly readers (professors, researchers or students) Written in non-technical language for the general public
Format/Structure Articles are usually more structured, often including these sections: abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion, bibliography Articles do not necessarily follow a specific format or structure
Special Features Articles often include graphs, charts, statistical tables, maps or illustrative photographs Articles often include glossy photographs and interpretive illustrations
Ads If ads are present, they are usually in a separate section at the end Ads interspersed
Editors Articles are usually reviewed and critically evaluated by a board of experts in the field (refereed) Articles are not evaluated by experts in the field but by staff editors
Credits A bibliography (works cited) and/or footnotes are always provided to document research thoroughly Usually does not provide a bibliography (works cited). Names of reports or references may be mentioned in the text

[1] Periodical – a magazine, journal, newspaper, or annual publication which is published at regular intervals.