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The characteristics of different periodicals

Scholarly journals

Trade/professional journals

Popular magazines

Aim at scholars within the fieldAim at professionals within the fieldAim at the public
Present the results of researchPresent information for those who work within a certain professionMain aim is to inform and entertain the readers
Reviewers (referees) evaluate the articles prior to publication (peer reviewed)Evaluated by the editorEvaluated by the editor
The editors are usually well-established researchersThe editors are usually professionals within the fieldEditor at the publishing firm
The authors are usually researcher affiliated with a university or research instituteThe authors are professionals within the fieldThe articles are usually written by reporters of the magazine or freelance writers
Are published by universities or academic associations/ publishersAre often published by professional associationsAre usually published by commercial publishers
Often illustrated with tables and diagrams, rarely with picturesOccasionally illustratedOften illustrated
The articles are usually long, contains footnotes and reference listsThe sources are rarely stated and footnotes and reference lists are seldom includedThe articles are usually short and seldom contains footnotes or reference lists
Technical languageLanguage which includes som technical terminology but still easily comprehensibleEasy-to-understand language
Few ads, if anyThe ads are directed towards professionals within the fieldThe ads are directed towards the general public

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