Research literature

Popular versus research literature

Popular literature Research literature
Where found? Magazines and newspapers Journals and conference proceedings
Who for? General audience Scholarly or professional audience
Title of source Sometimes indicating subject coverage Indicating subject covered; often including "Journal"
Length of articles Usually brief Usually longer
Language Easy to understand Often technical or abstract
Authors Not always identified Clearly defined, often with place of work and position indicated - researchers with a significant amount of knowledge in subject area
Advertisements Colorful, often mixed in with articles More limited, possibly restricted to final pages
Summaries Sometimes editors' blurbs Usually abstracts, sometimes with keywords
References Rarely Footnotes, endnotes, or list of references
Other material Usually photographs, sometimes charts or graphs, typically drawn from other sources Often tables, charts, graphs, or equations, illustrating authors' own research
Layout and typography Often varied, with sidebars, text wrapping around graphics, etc. Usually conservative
This table was adapted in part from

The information cycle

Different packages are used for communication of information at different stages in research.

Early
Notes for research "Invisible college" communications
Grant and ethics proposals, questionnaires, protocols
Raw data
Informal presentations
Conference papers Dissertations and theses
Journal articles
Review articles Books Indexes and abstracts
Encyclopedias, handbooks, textbooks
Late

Refereed journals

The process of getting a manuscript accepted for publication in a refereed journal can be quite complex. Here is a simplified version:

The refereed manuscipt review process
Editor Instructions to authors
Acknowledge receipt
Manuscript withdrawn acknowledgement
Copyright assignment request
Proof of permission request
Missing part request
Special request
Referee comments
Author
Article appropriate query
Manuscript submission
Manuscript withdrawn
Copyright assignment
Proof of permission
Missing part
Special request answer
Referee request
Manuscript copy
Referee reminder
Referees
Referee answer
Referee report
Referee information
Manuscript status report Editorial review board

This is based on a slightly more complex diagram given in
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Last updated July 4, 2001.
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Faculty of Information and Media Studies
University of Western Ontario,
London, Ontario
Canada, N6A 5B7