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Public Health Fundamentals: SBS 5001

Information and resources to help public health students started on research materials as well as ways to manage their articles.

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

image of a scholarly article
Interactive tutorial from NCSU Libraries

Scholarly, Popular, Trade? What's in a name?

Different types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. When we talk about journals, we can usually divide these publications into three broad categories: scholarly, popular, and trade publications.
Journal Types
  Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed Journals Popular Journals Trade Journals

Informs and reports on original research done by scholars and experts in the field. Sometimes also called "Peer-reviewed" journals/articles.

Entertains and informs a general audience without providing in-depth analysis.

Reports on industry trends and new products or techniques useful to people in a trade or business.


Articles are written by subject specialists and experts in the field.

Articles are written by journalists, freelance writers, or an editorial staff.

Articles are written by specialists in a certain field or industry.


Intended for a limited audience - researchers, scholars, and experts.

Intended for a broad segment of the population, appealing to non-specialists.

Intended for practititioners in a particular profession, business, or industry.


Are you sure?

Want to be absolutely sure your article is considered scholarly or peer reviewed.

Use this resource to get all information about the publication.

Look for:

• Refereed: Yes 
• Content Type: Academic/Scholarly