Skip to main content
[NJIT logo]
Ask A Librarian | Hours | Directions | My Library Account 

Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals: Getting Started

This guide describes the differences between Scholarly Peer Reviewed Journals and Popular Magazines

What are peer reviewed journals?

Peer reviewed journals are well respected in the academic community. These are peer reviewed (sometimes called "refereed") to ensure the quality of the research articles in the publications. Most of these journals are published by reputable publishers or university presses.

See Wikipedia's featured article on Peer Review.

What are periodicals?

A periodical is any type of publication that is published at regular intervals in a series throughout the year such as magazines, journals, or newpapers.

  • Magazine: a collection of articles about diverse topic of general interest and current events. Usually these are written by journalist and geared toward the general public.
  • Journal: a journal is collection of articles written by scholarly in an academic or professional field.
  • Newspaper: a newspaper is a collection of articles about current events usually published daily. 

Video Credit

This video is by Eli Moody from Vanderbilt University


This guide describes the differences between scholarly peer reviewed journals and popular magazines.

Video: Scholarly vs Popular Periodicals

This video answers the question:  "What is a peer-reviewed journal?" (Vanderbilt University, Peabody Library). After watching this video, you should be able to:

  • Describe the difference between scholarly and popular periodicals
  • Identify an author’s credentials and qualifications for writing in a scholarly journal
  • Identify the peer review process
  • Define periodicals

Viewing Options

Subject Guide

NJIT Librarians's picture
NJIT Librarians
Research Help Hours:
* Mon to Thu, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
* Fri, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
* Sat Sun, not available

New Jersey Institute of Technology 
University Heights, Newark, New Jersey 07102-1982
(973) 596-3206
Contact Us |  Ask A Librarian | Map & Directions |  A to Z

Copyrighted 2018, Robert W. Van Houten Library