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Purpose: To share news or entertainment with the reader
Purpose: To share original research and scholarly debates with the reader
Authors: Writers usually work for the publication. They are likely journalists or content specialists
Authors: Writers do not work for the publication. They are experts in their field (PhDs, MDs, etc) who likely work for a university or research institution
Scope: Varied topics of interest to a broad audience
Scope: Narrowly focused topics related to the subject of the journal
Audience: Non-experts (general public)
Audience: Experts in a discipline (scholars/students)
Other Features: Articles generally do not cite sources or include bibliographies; Writing is easy to understand for the average person who has no background in the subject; Articles are short (a couple of pages)
Other Features: Articles cite sources and include bibliographies; Writing is geared toward readers who have background knowledge of the subject and understand discipline specific jargon; Articles are long (~15-20 pages on average)
*Remember – Academic journals contain several different kinds of writing. For your assignments, you need to find empirical research (scholarly) articles. You do not want to use a book review, literature review, editorial review, research note or letter.
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