Generally journals are edited and written by scholars in a particular field, while magazine editors and writers write for a broader, more popular audience. Journal articles are peer-reviewed. Magazine articles are not peer-reviewed, but usually contain more photographs and more slick and glossy and sometimes perfumy smell.
|Length||Longer articles, providing in-depth analysis of topics||Shorter articles, providing broader overviews of topics|
|Authorship||Author an expert or specialist in the field, name and credentials always provided||Author usually a staff writer or a journalist, name and credentials often not provided|
|Language/Audience||Written in the language of the field for scholarly readers (professors, researchers or students)||Written in non-technical language for anyone to understand|
|Format/Structure||Articles usually more structured, may include these sections: abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion, bibliography||Articles do not necessarily follow a specific format or structure|
|Special Features||Illustrations that support the text, such as tables of statistics, graphs, maps, or photographs||Illustrations with glossy or color photographs, usually for advertising purposes|
|Editors||Articles usually reviewed and critically evaluated by a board of experts in the field (refereed or peer-reviewed)||Articles are not evaluated by experts in the field, but by editors on staff|
|Credits||A bibliography (works cited) and/or footnotes are always provided to document research thoroughly||A bibliography (works cited) is usually not provided, although names of reports or references may be mentioned in the text|