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Scholarly Journals vs Popular Magazines

Calvin Theological Journal

 

Scholarly Journals

Calvin Theological Journal

 

  

 

 

 

Content: In-depth articles of original research, very specific in focus, uses jargon of the discipline

 

Audience: Researchers, professors, and students in discipline

 

Author: Author mentions his/her credentials in the article, usually an expert in the field of study

 

Layout: Rigid format of article-usually including an abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion, bibliography

 

Objectivity: Articles are generally peer-reviewed (or refereed), content must be approved by editorial board of credentialed experts in the field

 

Appearance: Printed on plain paper, little to no advertisements 

 

TIME Magazine

 

Popular Magazines

Time Magazine

 

  

 

 

 

 

Content: Articles are of general interest, may include personal opinions, comments upon the research of others, written with vocabulary that can be broadly understood

 

Audience: Lay persons and non-experts

 

Author: Author’s credentials may not identify his/her credentials, written by journalists rather than experts in the field

 

Layout: Lack of standard format for articles, may not offer supporting evidence or conclusion

 

Objectivity: Content is edited by non-experts, editorial board is mentioned but not as prominently as in scholarly journals

 

Appearance: Printing on glossy paper, many graphics and advertisements

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