|Characteristics||Scholarly Journals||Popular Magazines|
|Authors||Written by scholars in a specific field, usually affiliated with college or university||Staff writers, usually generalists in a given subject area|
|Documentation||Articles contain a comprehensive bibliography.||Articles do not contain a bibliography.|
|Purpose||Reports on original research findings.||Provides general information about topics, with little technical detail.|
|Article Publication Policy||Other scholars (peers) in the field review the article before it can be published, a process called "peer review."||Edited by magazine editors before the article is published.|
|Cost||Subscriptions are expensive.||Subscriptions are inexpensive.|
Adapted from Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines, Duke Libraries.
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