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CHEM 6C: General Chemistry III (Brydges, Spring 2022): Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

Resources for Chem 6C (Brydges) - Spring 2022

Scholarly vs. Popular

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Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed Journal

Figuring Out Fracking Wastewater

Popular/Trade Magazine

Comparing Scholarly Journals & Popular Sources

  Scholarly Journals Popular Sources (Magazines/Newspapers)
Authors Experts in the field. The authors’ credentials, affiliations, and contact information are listed. Reporters and freelance writers. Names and affiliations may not be listed.
Audience Scholars, researchers, and students. Uses scholarly terminology and jargon. General public, though some trade and professional magazines may write for both others in the field. Language is accessible to most readers.
Article Structure Has clearly defined sections: abstract, literature review, methods/materials, results, discussion, conclusion, references Doesn't have same set structure.
Article Acceptance & Editing Uses a “peer review” or “referee” process, in which articles are reviewed by other experts in the field before editors make decision to accept, request revisions, or reject the article. Articles are reviewed by the journal's editors (and typically fact checkers) before publication. 
Article Length Varies from short communications (several pages) to longer articles. Articles can vary from a newspaper column to a magazine article of varying lengths.
References Includes extensive footnotes and/or bibliography. Rarely includes footnotes or bibliography, though they should reference any articles in the scientific literature discussed in the article.
Appearance - Overall Sober and serious, often presenting data or research results using charts, graphs, and equations. But with a strong visual appeal, using graphical abstracts, multimedia and more to support the article. Often more visual appeal to bring in a larger audience.