Journals (a type of periodical) are scholarly collections of articles that are published frequently. Researchers and scholars publish the results of their research studies or latest theories in journals for other researchers/scholars to review. Since journals are published periodically (monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly) they are useful for finding the most current perspectives on a particular issue or topic.
Magazines are also published periodically, but they are not academic in nature.
How can you tell the difference?
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Journals vs. Magazines