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Scholarly books vs. scholarly articles

Aspect Scholarly books Scholarly articles
Focus Broader -- overview of a topic (in-depth analysis) with a broad historical perspective. Narrower -- detailed information on some particular aspect of a topic, but not much historical overview.
Quality control Quality thoroughly checked by editors (subject experts working for a scientific publisher). Quality thoroughly checked during peer review process.
Currency Older information -- it takes a number of years to write, edit, and publish books, so they don't cover the most recent developments. Newer information -- articles take less time to write and publish, so they cover new developments in a field of study sooner than books.
Length Longer -- most scholarly books average 200-300 pages.  Shorter -- articles typically run from 10 to 30 pages.