Scholarly journals may also be called Research Journals, Peer Reviewed Journals, or Refereed Journals.
Scholarly journals generally have a sober, serious look. They often contain many graphs and charts but few glossy pages or exciting pictures.
Articles are written by scholars who have credentials in the discipline. Articles are always signed.
Scholarly journals always cite their sources. Look for footnotes, references, bibliography, sources, notes, etc.
Articles in scholarly journals use the language of the discipline covered. The main audience is other scholars. You may need to use a dictionary to assist your reading.
Scholarly journals include many types of articles: research, primary research reports, case studies, book and other reviews related to the discipline.
Many scholarly journals are associated with universities or professional organizations.
Some, but not all, scholarly journals have articles that are peer-reviewed, which means that other scholars in the field review the articles before they are published.