Scholarly Journals (Psychology of Women Quarterly)
- Authors are scholars or researchers in their fields.
- Authors cite their sources in footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies.
- Individual issues have little or no advertising.
- Articles must go through a peer-review process.
- Articles usually report original scholarly research.
- Most illustrations are charts, figures, or graphs.
- Authors use the specialized language or jargon of the discipline.
Popular Magazines (Psychology Today)
- Authors are free lance writers or magazine staff members.
- Authors may mention sources, but rarely cite them in notes or bibliographies.
- Individual issues contain many advertisements.
- There is no peer review process. Articles are reviewed by editors or publishers.
- Illustrations are numerous and colorful.
- Language is written for the general adult audience (no specialized jargon).