Magazines vs. Journals: Consider Your Sources

  • Features Magazines Journals
    Audience The general public Experts in a particular field
    Style Written for the average reader Written for experts using professional
    jargon
    Editing Edited by magazine staff Often peer-reviewed (articles are reviewed 
    by a panel of experts in the field)
    Contents Reports on current events and general interest items Usually presents original 
    research in a specialized field
    Coverage Articles are usually short, 
    giving an overview of a topic
    Focus of articles is usually narrow and in-depth
    Authors Journalists, laypersons, sometimes no author given Experts in the field; author credentials given
    Sources Sources are not usually cited Sources always cited, bibliographies given
    Appearance Glossy and colorful, lots of graphics and photographs Serious looking; often have charts and graphs but few photographs
    Ads Lots of ads, often in color Few ads, if any
    Examples Time, Newsweek, Ebony, Business Week, Fortune Clinical Nursing Research, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Social Work