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Comparing the Characteristics of a
Professional Journal and a Magazine

This chart is designed to assist potential authors in their decision about which NAGC publication is best suited for their submission. Click here for more information about NAGC publications.

Professional Journal
(including Gifted Child Quarterly)

(Including Parenting for High Potential Potential and
Teaching for High Potential)

  • Articles cite supporting references in text and in a reference list, attending carefully to APA format and style.
  • Articles may recommend a few carefully selected “key readings of particular importance” or useful Internet resources for follow-up or further reading. We might also use a more informal format for presenting sources.
  • Articles include research details so readers can evaluate or replicate the design, methods, results, and conclusions for themselves.
  • Articles that are based on research emphasize the implications of the results for practical application and use or for effective planning and decision making.
  • Manuscripts are reviewed by professionals with expertise in the topic, using rigorous methodological criteria, leading to an “accept/revise/reject” decision. The editor communicates a decision, and might ask the author(s) to try to revise and resubmit.
  • Manuscripts are reviewed by panelists who are familiar with research and the literature, but who use a more practical, application-oriented set of criteria. The editor works with authors to help develop promising papers into usable articles.
  • Articles might vary considerably in length and detail, depending on the magnitude and scope of the topic.
  • Articles tend to be brief and to communicate a key point with appropriate illustrations for readers to learn from and apply.
  • Articles are primarily a combination of text and numbers, with some graphs or technical charts. Technical adequacy of the work and its presentation are the major emphases.
  • Articles include text and many kinds of graphics, photos, and other illustrations; there may be few or no numerical tables or graphs. The format should help stimulate interest in, and understanding of, the topic.
  • There is an emphasis on formal writing skills (which is, unfortunately, too often translated into prose in the passive voice).
  • Authors can and do use an informal writing style (without being flippant, careless, or slang-filled). The writing is concise and active.
  • The articles often report the author(s)’ results or findings, without explicit concern for their usefulness or value to any specific group of readers.
  • The authors have the readers (and their interests, needs, and prospective applications) clearly in mind from the beginning.
  • An article is almost always a single, “stand alone” piece that appears in its entirety in one issue.
  • There might be a series of linked or related articles on various aspects of a broader theme or issue; these might extend over two or more issues.