Scholarly journals

Scholarly journals, sometimes referred to as peer reviewed (refereed) journals, are usually published by and for experts. In order to be published in a scholarly journal, an article must first go through a peer review process in which a group of widely acknowledged experts in a field review it for content, scholarly soundness and academic value. In most cases, articles in scholarly journals present new, previously un-published research. Scholarly sources almost always include a bibliography and footnotes, author's name and academic credentials, few images, and are written in the formal language used by the discipline.

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Popular journals


Articles from the popular press are viewed as having less credibility than scholarly resources. They are often written by authors who may have no expertise in a particular field and as they are intended for a general audience, may represent a less expert point of view. Since articles in the popular press are not subject to a review process they are usually published more quickly and rarely contain footnotes and bibliographic citations.

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