For an assignment, a professor may ask you to find a scholarly journal article. Scholarly journal articles are also called academic, peer-reviewed, or refereed. Below are the main differences between popular magazine articles and scholarly journal articles:
|POPULAR MAGAZINE||SCHOLARLY JOURNAL|
|Look and Feel||Glossy, colorful, and eye-appealing covers. Additionally, they contain color photographs, illustrations, and numerous advertisements.||Photographs are only included to supplement research and advertising is kept to a minimum. Additionally, articles may contain charts, graphs, and statistics.|
|Articles are usually written to inform and/or entertain the general population.||To keep other researchers up to date in their field, articles are used to report the results of primary research being conducted in a field of study.|
|Authors||Articles are written by a staff writer who is usually not an expert on the subject. The author’s qualifications are rarely given.||Articles are written by experts who are often researchers working for academic institutions. The author’s qualifications are almost always provided.|
|References Cited||Articles are rarely supported with sources. You don’t typically find a reference list at the end of a magazine article.||Authors of journal articles use extensive resources to back up their research. With journal articles, you get a lot of references.|
|Credibility||Before publication, articles are checked for accuracy by an editor.
Editors are usually not subject experts in any area of study.
|Articles go through an extensive review process by other qualified researchers before publication. Proper scientific methodology, statistical analysis, and overall research quality are assessed.|
|Examples||Time, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Ladies' Home Journal, Discover, National Geographic||Journal of Education Finance, Annals of Mathematics, History of Education Quarterly, Harvard Business Review|