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What are Popular Articles

What are Popular Publications?


Popular publications are newspapers, magazines, blogs, and other publications that aim to entertain and inform readers. Articles from these publications may discuss someone else’s research, including narrative and opinion, The Washington Post coverNational Geographic cover  The EconomistTime magazine cover


  • Author & Editors: Written by journalists or writers who are paid to write on subjects they may or may not have subject expertise in; evaluated by editorial staff, not experts in the field
  • Audience: General public, interested non-specialists
  • Appearance & Format: Uses language that is easily understandable to most readers, articles tend to be shorter, uses appealing graphics and catchy language to entice readers.
  • Citation: Bibliography or sources rarely provided