What is a Scholarly Article?
Your instructor may tell you to only use “scholarly” sources for a project. They may also call them “academic,” “peer-reviewed,” “professional journals.” What does that mean? How can I tell a scholarly source versus a “popular” source?
|Scholarly Journals||Popular Magazines|
|Authority||Will list academic credentials of the
|May/may not list academic credentials of the author(s).|
|Publisher||Typically a university or academically inclined organization.||Typically a commercial publishing firm or media organization.|
|Documentation||Will contain footnotes, references, and/or bibliographies.||May/may not contain footnotes, references, and/or bibliographies.|
|Peer Review||Examined by experts in the field for accuracy and research validity before publication.||No peer review process.|
|Audience||Scholars, researchers, students.||General public.|
|Frequency||Monthly, Quarterly, or 2-3 times per year.||Generally a weekly or monthly publication.|
|Content||Focus on text and tabular data, less on visual appeal; advertising for field-related products.||Colorful, glossy, many photographs and illustrations; high importance on visual appeal; advertising for commercial products.|
|Examples||JAMA, American Journal of Nursing, Journal of Faculty Development, Journal of Developmental Education, Nursing Outlook.||Time, Business Week, Psychology Today, People, Forbes, Money, U.S. News and World Report.|