Criminal Justice: Periodical Types

Subject guide for Criminal Justice

Types of Periodicals: Journals, Magazines, and Trade Magazines

SCHOLARLY JOURNALS(peer reviewed) MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS TRADE MAGAZINES
ADVERTISING

Few or no advertisements

Extensive advertising

Extensive advertising
AUDIENCE

Scholars and college students

General; broad-based

Working Professionals
AUTHOR

Scholars & researchers

Staff and freelance writers

Professionals and staff
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Articles: long bibliographies

None

Might have a short bibliography
LANGUAGE/TONE

Academic, research-oriented

Simple language

Professional terminology
LENGTH OF ARTICLE

Can be 6-40 pages

Varies; often short

Varies, often short
OVERALL APPEARANCE

  * Few or no pictures
  * Text w/statistics
 * Few colors

 * Extensive pictures
 * Glossy
 * Colorful

 * Extensive pictures
 * Glossy
* Colorful

PUBLISHER

University or professional

For-profit, commercial

Professional organizations
EXAMPLES
  • Child Development
  • Infant and Child Development
  • Early Childhood Research Quarterly
  • Journal of Drug Issues
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Social Problems
  • Crime and Delinquency
  • Journal of Sociology

Scholarly journals are remarkably expensive and available through academic libraries.

  • Parents Magazine
  • US News & World Report
  • New York Times
  • LA Times
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Style

    Magazines and Newspapers are available in bookstores, free online, grocery stores and the like.
  • YC: Young Children
  • Educational Leadership
  • Corrections Today
  • Police Chief
  • Beverage World
  • American Libraries
  • Fast Food Times

Trade magazines come with membership in a professional organization.