Different types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. When we talk about periodicals, we can usually divide these publications into three broad categories: scholarly, popular, and trade publications.
|Informs and reports on original research done by scholars and experts in the field. Published by professional organizations, university presses, and research institutes.
|Entertains and informs a general audience without providing in-depth analysis. Published by commercial presses.
|Reports on industry trends and new products or techniques useful to people in a trade or business. Published by commercial presses or industry associations.
|Articles are written by subject specialists and experts in the field. Reviewed by experts (peer review) not employed by the journal.
|Articles are written by journalists, freelance writers, or an editorial staff. No peer-review process.
|Articles are written by specialists in a certain field or industry as well as journalists. No peer-review process.
|Intended for a limited audience - researchers, scholars, and experts.
|Intended for a broad segment of the population, appealing to a general audience.
|Intended for practitioners in a particular profession, business, or industry.
Journal of Biochemistry
American Sociological Review
Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
U.S. News and World Report