♦ Graphs, charts, statistical information, and tables are often used to support the text or research
♦ The vocabulary is geared to the field of study covered by the journal
♦ The articles are very often peer reviewed (refereed)
Non-Scholarly Periodicals publish articles that are not considered or meant to be of a highly serious, scholastic nature.
This is not to say that the articles in any given non-scholastic magazine or newspaper are false or badly written. It only means that, for scholarly research purposes, non-scholarly periodicals do not have the recognized level of authority that a scholastic journal usually has.
Some criteria of a magazine or other non-scholarly periodical are:
♣ The periodical appeals to a general audience; the vocabulary is geared to all readers
♣ Graphs, tables, and research studies are seldom included
♣ The articles usually do not have footnotes, endnotes, or bibliographies (works cited)
♣ The articles tend to be short in length, usually under 10 pages