Not all scholarly journals are peer-reviewed journals.
Most scholarly and peer-reviewed journal articles share the following characteristics:
Appearance: Largely black and white with limited images; if there are images, these are mostly charts and graphs. The journal will have consecutive pages throughout.
Audience: University students, university faculty, researchers
Citations: Great in number (usually more than 25). The sources are noted in footnotes or a list of references.
Content: Research findings, literature reviews, methodologies, theories and analyses. Some peer-reviewed journals will include supplemental non-reviewed content, such as book reviews.
Purpose: To report original research, to review previous research
Where to find a scholarly or peer-reviewed journal: University and college libraries; subscription-based online databases
Examples: The Journal of the American Medical Association; Journal of Comparative Psychology; Journal of Applied Physics; Journal of Management Information Systems.
(Text adapted from: What is Peer Review?, Brigitte Bell, University of St. Francis, LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Library http://libguides.stfrancis.edu/peerreview Accessed January 29, 2013)