Answered By: Ann Hyland Last Updated: Jun 24, 2015 Views: 36
The easiest way to figure out if a magazine is scholarly, trade, or popular is to look at the audience.
Scholarly - is for academic (experts or researchers). These are often called Peer-Reviewed/Scholarly.
Trade - is for professionals in a specific industry.
Popular - is for the broader audience (you might find these in the supermarket checkout lines).
For more information on these types of magazines or journals, see our research guide How-To: Identify Scholarly and Non-Scholarly Periodicals.