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CCJ 1020: Introduction to Criminal Justice: Journals vs.Magazines

Scholarly Journals

AUDIENCE:  Professors, researchers, scholars, students

ADVERTISEMENTS: No advertisements

AUTHOR:  Experts in the field, professionals.

CONTENT & FOCUS:   Original thoughts, ideas,  research, new methodologies.

DOCUMENTATION:  Bibliographies, footnotes.

ILLUSTRATIONS:  Few illustrations, relevant research oriented charts, graphs, and tables.

LANGUAGE:  Specialized formal language.

LENGTH:  Usually quite lengthy, giving in-depth research, theories, analysis.

PUBLICATION FREQUENCY:  Usually published monthly, or quarterly.

EXAMPLES:  Journal of Experimental PsychologyJournal of Mental Health Counseling.

Popular Magazines

AUDIENCE:‚Äč General readers

ADVERTISEMENTS: Several colorful advertisements.

AUTHOR: Journalists, staff writers, usually not experts in the field.

CONTENT & FOCUS: Current events, general interest.

DOCUMENTATION: Very little, if any documentation.

ILLUSTRATIONS: Many colorful eye-catching illustrations.

LANGUAGE: Easy to read.

LENGTH: Usually short to medium, giving overview of topics.

PUBLICATION FREQUENCY: Usually published weekly, or monthly.

EXAMPLES:   Psychology Today; Newsweek; National Geographic; Time.