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Distinguish between types of publications

What are some examples of trade magazines / journals?

The Physics Teacher
Profession(s): Science teachers

The cover of the November 2018 issue of The Physics Teacher

Florists' Review
Profession(s): Florists

The front page of the September 2014 issue of Florists' Review

dvm360
Profession(s): Veterinary medicine

The front page of the February 2018 issue of dvm360 magazine

About trade magazines

Purpose

Trade magazines (also called trade journals) are specific to a certain trade, industry, or career path. They contain information about current news, trends, developments and best practices in that industry / field.

Intended audience

Trade magazines are geared toward people in a specific profession.

Authors

Members of the profession, and scholars

Characteristics

  • Trade magazines tend to have lots of color photographs and images
  • Most articles have authors listed
  • Articles may not include references to their information sources
  • Often contain advertisements

Publisher

Usually published by a professional organization or commercial publisher

Frequency

Trade magazines are usually published either:

  • Every week
  • Every month
  • A few times a year
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