Academic and Popular Journals


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Academic versus popular journals

The difference between academic and popular journals

Searching databases for academic articles


Academic versus popular journals

When you select articles from an online search, you need to distinguish between scholarly and popular material. Scholarly or academic journals are usually published by a university or institution and contain research or specific information. Popular magazines are usually commercial, written for a general audience and contain current news. They can include secondary commentaries on research.

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Journal of Operations Management

New Zealand Management magazine

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What are the differences between academic and popular publications?

 

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Authors Experts or noted professionals. Check author’s background or qualifications. Authors are most often clearly affiliated with an academic or research institution and an address is provided for readers to contact the author at their institution or academic department. Journalists, students, or anonymous. Credentials often not supplied. People in the industry and professional writers
Audience Articles targeted to experts or specialists General interest People in a particular industry
Bibliography A list of references is included at the end of each article Articles rarely include references Articles rarely include references
Content More specialized, research based, often communicate research findings in a given field Often report opinion in a story format; focus on current events and topics of general interest, and include a variety of advertisements for consumer products May reflect the industry's point of view, particularly on regulatory and legislative issues; often published by trade associations or by for-profit corporations
Format/Structure Articles usually more structured, may include: abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion Articles do not necessarily follow a specific format or structure Articles do not necessarily follow a specific format or structure
Language Higher level language, focused, serious tone, words used are specific to a discipline, written by experts Broad and simple language, written to be understood by almost anyone Broad and simple language, written to be understood by almost anyone. May include jargon specific to the industry
Length Longer articles, providing in-depth analysis of topics Shorter articles, providing broader overviews of topics Shorter articles
Peer-review policy Articles are reviewed for detailed factual and research accuracy before publication by peers or experts in the field. Editorial board is composed of scholars in the field. Editor or editorial board are members of the magazine's or newspaper's staff Editor or editorial board are members of the magazine's staff
Special features Illustrations that support the text, such as tables of statistics, graphs, maps, or photographs Illustrations with glossy or colour photographs, usually for advertising purposes Illustrations with glossy or colour photographs, usually for advertising purposes

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Searching the Business and Economics databases for academic or scholarly articles

International databases

Databases that index international business periodicals, both academic and scholarly, include:

1. ProQuest databases (PQD)

To find scholarly or academic articles in the ProQuest (PQD) databases type in your search term(s) and select 'Peer-reviewed journals' in the Limit to section. Most scholarly journals are peer reviewed and most peer-reviewed journals are published for an academic audience.

 

Finding scholarly or academic articles in ProQuest databases

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2. Ebscohost

To find scholarly or academic articles in the EBSCO databases, including Business Source Premier, type in your search term(s) and select the limit “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) journals”.

ebscoresearch

 

3. Other international Business and Economics databases

  • Emerald Insight
    All journals are peer reviewed and are aimed at both academic researchers and practitioners. You do not have to limit your search to scholarly or peer reviewed.
  • ScienceDirect
    All journals are peer reviewed and are aimed at both academic researchers and practitioners. You do not have to limit your search to scholarly or peer reviewed.
  • For other databases, use the table above outlining the differences between academic and popular as a guideline.
  • Always check out the limits in a database as there may be some options there to focus your search.

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New Zealand databases

Databases that cover New Zealand business magazines and newspapers include:

To find scholarly or academic articles in Index New Zealand (INNZ):

  1. Go to the Advanced Search option in Index New Zealand
  2. Type in your search term(s) in the first search box
  3. Under Material Type, select Research Articles

 

Finding research articles in Index New Zealand: INNZ


 

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