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RECR 1270: Applied Skills in Recreation Operations

Industry Publications vs. Peer-Reviewed Journals

Industry (or trade) publications are magazines or newspapers written for people who work in a particular trade or industry. The goal of these publications is to keep members of the industry up to date with the newest practices, methods, technology, and other relevant information.

Industry publications often look more like popular magazines, with colourful pictures and ads. Articles may contain graphs and charts. The ads are usually related to the industry. In contrast, peer-reviewed journals generally have a basic, serious look and often contain many graphs and charts, but no ads and few colourful pictures. The purposes of peer-reviewed journals are to disseminate findings of original research studies and to advance knowledge in a discipline or specific field of study.

Characteristics of Industry Publications and Peer-Reviewed Journals
Characteristics Industry Publications Peer-Reviewed Journals
Purpose Keep readers up to date with industry trends and developments Present research findings and expand knowledge in a discipline or specific field of study
Intended Audience Industry members, professionals Scholars, researchers, scientists, students
Author Journalist often with expertise in the field, staff writer Scholar/researcher in the field with stated credentials and affiliations
Content Practical information relevant to a specific industry, e.g., news, latest trends and practices, issues, and new products Articles that present original research studies
Language Straightforward, with mix of jargon and technical terminology Complex; follow academic writing style; include discipline-specific jargon or technical terms
Structure of Articles A few paragraphs to a few pages long; no specific format or structure; no original research Lengthy (10+ pages) articles containing distinct sections, such as abstract, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusion
Illustrations Colourful graphics and photos for emphasis Complex tables or graphs to display research data
Advertisements Frequent, targeting a specific trade or industry None, or limited to books, other journals, and professional meetings
References No formal citations; may refer to reports; may include a few references All sources cited; extensive list of references
Editorial Process Reviewed by a single editor Blind peer-reviewed by multiple experts in the field