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Distinctions Among Types of Periodicals: Contributors

This will help you understand what type of print publication you are dealing with.

Contributors

CONTRIBUTORS

Contributors may include staff or freelance writers, editorial staff, subject specialists, experts in a field, and well-known authors. For some articles, no author may be listed.  In reading articles, it can be helpful to note whether an author is listed and, if so, who it is.  Articles may include an author's affiliation (i.e. with a university or institution) or provide an author's authority to speak on a subject.

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Contributors Subject specialists and experts in the field  Staff writers, freelance journalists, preeminent authors, and scholars  Journalists, freelance writers, and editorial staff  Local staff, newswire services, and syndicated columnists 
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Academic Journals -- Subject specialists and experts in the field

Below is a list of contributors and their affiliated institutions for an article which appeared in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Most of the contributors are associated with university departments of psychiatry, which establishes their credibility in the field of abnormal psychology.

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Substantial News/General Interest -- Staff writers, freelance journalists, preeminent authors, and scholars

Well-known authors appear as writers of articles in this issue of the New Yorker magazine.

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Popular Magazines -- Journalists, freelance writers, and editorial staff

This article, written by Ellen Hart Pena, is the story of the author's own struggle with anorexia and bulimia. In this instance, Ellen Hart Pena wrote this article on her own and therefore contributed as a freelance writer to the magazine.

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Newspapers -- Local staff, newswire services, and syndicated columnists

Most items in a newspaper will have a byline that credits the person or organization responsible for creating the item.

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