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How to tell if an article is popular or scholarly

Scholarly Popular
Archives of General Psychiatry Cover Psychology


Publication Title


Often includes the words "academic" or "journal" Often includes the word "magazine"




Named scholars who are authorities in their field

Unnamed, anonymous, or staff writers

Review Policy

Articles are usually peer-reviewed or refereed (evaluated by experts in the field before accepted for publication)

Not peer-reviewed or refereed


Article Length


Usually longer articles (5+ pages)

Usually shorter articles (1-2 pages)


Purpose & Audience


Written to relay research to other scholars in the field Written about current or general interest items for a broad audience




Few, if any Numerous




Often include graphs, charts, or tables Colorful photographs or illustrations




Contain references, citations, or footnotes Lack specific references, citations, or footnotes

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