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

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


Trade publications contain practical information for a specific industry and contain technical reports and industry data. Target audience for these publications are members of 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 but the distinction is not clearly marked in the databases. For this reason, instructors may not accept articles from trade journals as substitutes for scholarly or peer-reviewed articles.

For some subjects/topics trade journals may be good sources. When an article from these journals seems pertinent for your topic, check with the instructor ahead of time to see if it will be accepted in the place of scholarly or peer-reviewed material.

Contact your campus librarians if you need further help with this question.

  • Last Updated Jan 30, 2018
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