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A subject guide for the Department of Economics

Types of periodical publications

Used to disseminate scholarly information that relates to a particular academic discipline. They are aimed at researchers and are often peer-reviewed, which means that articles are evaluated by experts in the field before publication to ensure the information in them is accurate and well presented. An example of an academic journal is the Journal of Political Economy. 

Working papers are unpublished scholarly articles that have not been published or undergone the rigorous peer-review process. In economics researchers post these papers to obtain feedback or comments prior to submitting the article for review and publication. A benefit of the working paper is that ideas and research are made available to the scholarly community earlier than the traditional publication process.


Generally printed on glossy paper (but can also be available online), they are aimed at a more general audience than academic journals and can include opinions and news items too. An example of a magazine is The Economist.

Published on a daily basis, the focus of these is on news items. They can include articles on economics, but are wide in scope. An example of a newspaper is The Guardian

Usually published by a special group, learned society or professional organisation and aimed at people working in a specific industry. An example of a trade publication is Marketing Week.