Magazines are periodicals that are generally popular in nature, unlike journals, which are usually more scholarly and specialized. Here are some differences between the two:
Magazine: Glossy; pictures often in color.
Journal: More serious look; few pictures, if any.
Magazine: Current events; general interest.
Journal: More specialized; research topics.
Magazine: General public.
Journal: Scholars and researchers in a particular field.
Magazine: Written for the average reader.
Journal: Written for others in the field; shows research.
♦ Foot / Endnotes and Bibliographies
Magazine: Few notes, if any. No bibliographies.
Journal: Includes notes and sometimes bibliographies.
Magazine: Many ads, often in color.
Journal: Few or no ads. If any, they are usually for books.