Q. What's the difference between a magazine and a journal?


Here are some differences between magazines and journals:


  • Magazine articles may be written by journalists or professional writers.
  • Journal articles are written by subject experts.
  • Magazines are edited by journalists.
  • Journals are peer reviewed by experts or scholars in the field.


  • Magazines are written for a general audience.
  • Journals are written for a professional or college-level audience.


  • Magazine articles are easier to read and may contain more opinion-based or entertaining material. 
  • Since journal articles are written by experts, they contain more technical language and are college-level.  
  • Journal articles usually contain information about a specific research study that was done, and include the methodology used and the conclusions found.
  • Magazines usually contain more ads than journals.


  • Just as students are required to list the source material they used for a research paper, scholarly journal articles typically have a lengthy references list. 
  • Magazine articles often do not contain references.

For questions about magazines and journals, contact your Campus Librarians.  Thank you for using ASK US.

  • Last Updated Jun 25, 2019
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  1. Good description and explanation
    by Prasad on Nov 16, 2013.

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