Publications for Professionals

Almost every trade association publishes a professional publication for its members. Many trade associations even have their own libraries with publications devoted only to their respective fields. For example, the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Maryland, near Washington, DC, might be a good place to start looking for information about agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting groups. This library, one of the United States’ four national libraries, houses one of the world’s largest agricultural information collections and connects a nationwide network of state land-grant and US Department of Agriculture field libraries (Career Resource Library). This is only one example of the diverse range of trade periodicals accessible. Those who want to look through trade group publications can use resources like the Career Resource Library.

Publications by Academics

Academic journals have existed in some form since the beginning of magazine publishing. The Universal Historical Bibliothèque was the first journal to publish intellectual contributions in the 17th century. Hundreds of scholarly journals, such as the American Economic Review and the Journal of Marriage and Families, exist today, and each academic subject has its own set of journals to which experts can contribute. Students and teachers can access these periodicals through library databases at most universities.

Journals are graded in every academic subject based on the types of articles they publish and how selective they are. To determine which articles are published, most academic journals use a peer-reviewing process. An anonymous article is reviewed by a panel of readers, who then determine whether to accept, accept with amendments, or reject the document entirely. Graduate students and university faculty members alike need to publish scholarly work in order to share their ideas and advance in their professions.

Religious Organizations

With faith being such an important part of many people’s lives, it’s no surprise that there are hundreds of religious periodicals. Christian periodicals, which range from Christianity Today to Catholic Digest, make up the largest collection of religious journals. However, Christianity isn’t the only religion depicted in magazines. Kashrus Magazine is aimed towards the Jewish community, while Shambhala Sun is a Buddhist publication. Furthermore, certain publications, such as CrossCurrents, cater to people of all religions. CrossCurrents acts as a “global network for persons of faith and intelligence who are committed to integrating the knowledge of the heart with the vitality of the mind (Cross Currents),” according to the magazine’s creators.

Groups of Politicians

Political organisations have also made use of the magazine industry. Most people can find a publication that reflects their political views, whether they are liberal or conservative. The American Prospect and The American Conservative are two such publications. “Thoughtful perspectives of America’s progressive liberal Democratic issues, ideas, politics, and policy (All You Can Read),” according to The American Prospect. The American Conservative, on the other hand, is intended at right-wingers. This fortnightly, edited by Pat Buchanan and Taki Theodoracopulos, is “dedicated to reigniting the conservative conversation, confronting the neo-conservative agenda through its advocacy of traditional conservative concepts (All You Can Read).”

Magazines of pulp fiction and genre fiction

Although there aren’t as many pulp magazines now as there were when the style was at its peak in the 1930s, this particular niche continues to play an essential role in the magazine industry. Asimov’s Science Fiction, a science fiction magazine launched in 1977 and remains popular today, is one such example. “Isaac Asimov, one of science fiction’s most famous and prolific writers, wanted to establish a home for emerging SF (science fiction) writers—a new journal that young writers might break into,” the magazine was founded. Asimov’s Science Fiction is still the home of some of science fiction’s most well-known authors (Asimov’s Science Fiction).” The journal contains stories of various lengths for the passionate science fiction reader, as it was intended.