Q. What are trade publications? Are these considered scholarly resources?

Could these be used in place of a peer-reviewed publication?


Here's an overview of trade publications:

  • They contain practical information for a specific industry.
  • Trade publications have technical reports and industry data.
  • The target audience is members of the respective profession, industry or business.  
  • The nature of writing is technical and may or may not be viewed useful for academic purposes.
  • Some trade publications ARE peer-reviewed.
  • For this reason, instructors may accept articles from trade journals as substitutes for scholarly or peer-reviewed articles.
  • Check with the instructor ahead of time to see if it will be accepted in the place of scholarly or peer-reviewed material.

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  • Last Updated Jun 17, 2019
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