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Studies of the Americas

Subject guide for the UCL Institute of the Americas

Types of periodical publications

Academic (or scholarly) journals: 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 academic journal is Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture.

Magazines: 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 magazine is the The New Yorker.  

Newspapers: published on a daily basis, the focus of these is on news items. They can include a section on education, but are wide in scope. An example of newspaper is Wall Street Journal

Trade publications: usually published by a special group, learned society or professional organisation and aimed at people working in a specific industry. An example of trade publication is The Hill.

Key journals in your subject area

Colourful pile of magazines.

Most journals are available electronically. They can found by searching UCL Explore

A number of journals are available in print in the Main Library.

Print journals (also referred to as periodicals) are usually cannot be borrowed. Recent issues are available in the library while older volumes are kept at STORE and need to be ordered in advance via our Stores service.


All of the following titles are peer-reviewed journals. They are examples of journals that are of high academic quality.

Non-academic sources in your subject area

The following are all examples of non-academic sources. They are either magazines or trade publications. These publications have not been peer-reviewed and tend to be opinion-led publications or publications associated with a particular industry.