Here's an example of a scholarly journal and some of its characteristics.
- Author - credentials, experts in their field, often associated with a university
- Wording - very formal & difficult, written for experts in the field
- Format - an abstract at the beginning and a bibliography at the end
- Content - original research, formal criticism, case studies, etc.
- Length - tendency to be longer in all disciplines except science
- Photographs - graphs and charts only, no glossy photos or advertisements
- Published - quarterly (4x per year) or monthly
Here's an example of a popular magazine and some of its characteristics.
- Author - journalists, industry insiders
- Wording - easy for everyone to understand
- Format - usually no works cited
- Content - wide range of topics, current issues and research summaries
- Length - shorter
- Photographs - lots of glossy photos & advertisements
- Published - daily, weekly or monthly