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COM 3928: Communication Research Methods (All Sections): Articles

What is Peer Review


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Types of Periodical Literature

Periodical is a term used to describe any publication that is published multiple times (periodically). Periodicals include materials such as popular magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, and trade publications.

Popular Magazine

  • Audience: general public
  • Purpose: inform or entertain
  • Authors: reporters or free-lance writers
  • Example: Time

Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Journal

  • Audience: academic discipline
  • Purpose: communicate new findings and theories
  • Authors: scholars or experts on the topic
  • Example: Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly

Trade Periodical

  • Audience: industry or profession
  • Purpose: keep a specialized audience up to date
  • Authors: reporters or practitioners
  • Example: Advertising Age


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