Perodical, Journal or Magazine…What’s the difference???

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A PERIODICAL is a publication which is issued at regular intervals – daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly etc. The articles in a periodical provides more concise, current and focussed information. They have a variety of purposes and can include news, opinions reviews, scholarly analysis and research. PERIODICALS are divided into two categories: General or Specialized.

General periodicals, also called MAGAZINES, have articles on many subjects, are usually written in popular style for general public. Articles are written by professional writers with or without expertise in the subject; contain “secondary” discussion of events, usually with little documentation (e.g. footnotes). Magazines use vocabulary understandable to most people, and often have lots of eye-catching illustrations. Time, Newsweek are magazines.

Specialized periodicals, also called JOURNALS or PROFESSIONAL PERIODICALS, contain articles pertaining to a particular subject or profession. It is a scholarly periodical aimed at specialists and researchers. Articles are generally written by experts in the subject, using more technical language. They contain original research, conclusions based on data, footnotes or endnotes, and often an abstract or bibliography.

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