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Psych 101: General Psychology: Scholarly or Popular?

Is it Scholarly?

Scholarly or Not?

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Document Type MUST say "Academic/Scholarly Publication" to be considered scholarly or contain the referee icon 


Types of Periodicals

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).


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