Answered By: Gary Maixner
Last Updated: May 02, 2016     Views: 9

Scholarly and peer reviewed journals are very closely linked.  Scholarly journals publish articles aimed at scholars. They publish new material (primary sources) as well as articles that discuss or evaluate theories or ideas presented by other scholars (secondary sources).

The aim of peer reviewed journals is to publish primary sources (they may contain some secondary sources such as editorials or replies to previous articles by other experts). They use teams of experts (peers) in the topic of the article to control the quality of content in the articles published in the journal. In the sciences, these are predominantly reports on research conducted by the author(s).

Professional journals publish information for people interested in a profession or professional organization. They can be scholarly or more geared to the person employed in the field.

Trade journals are the least formal. They provide information which is commonly known in a profession and is easily applied to problems and issued faced by practitioners.