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Trade and Scholarly Journals

What is a scholarly journal?

Answer: A journal that has been created by academic authors and includes original quantitative and/or qualitative research and theoretical content.


  • Respiratory Care Online
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Harvard Educational Review
  • Respiratory Care Education Annual

What is a trade journal?

Answer: A journal that was created for professionals. The articles address professional or work-related issues and help practicioners by summarizing research for best practices.


  • Respiratory Care Manager
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • AARC Times

Scholarly Journals
(sometimes called Research Journals or Academic Sources)

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(sometimes called General or Journalistic Sources)

Articles always have bibliographies and end/footnotes.

Articles lack bibliographies or references.

Authors are always named, and their institutional affiliation is given.

Authors may be anonymous.

Articles may be peer-reviewed or refereed.

Articles are not peer-reviewed.

Target audience is academic or professional.

Target audience is the general public.

Journal title may include terms such as "journal," "review," or "bulletin" - but not always!

Magazine title doesn't usually include terms like "journal," "review," or "bulletin." Notable exceptions includeThe Wall Street Journal and Ladies' Home Journal--these are NOT scholarly.

Journal covers and pages tend to be plain in design. Some scholarly or professional journals contain advertisements (like JAMA), so identify the target audience to make your final determination.

Magazines tend to include advertisements, graphics, color photos, etc.

Issues tend to be successively numbered, with the page numbering of each issue beginning where the previous issue ended.

Each issue generally begins with page 1.

Articles tend to be longer.

Articles tend to be shorter, some only 1-2 pages.

Issues tend to be published less often (monthly, quarterly, semi-annually).

Issues tend to be published more frequently (monthly, weekly, daily).

Respiratory Care Journals

Respiratory Therapy journals.

AARC Times from American Association of Respiratory Care 

Membership required to access online, KVCC TTC Library owns past 5 years in hard copy. 


Circulation (American Heart Association)

Some articles are free to the general public


Respiratory Care- The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

   Back issues of Respiratory Care archived online.  KVCC TTC Library owns in hard copy back to 1983. 

   Also available via KVCC databases to 2007 via: Academic Onefile, Health Reference Center Academic, Nursing & Allied Health Collection, and Nursing Resource Center.  



Available online 4 yrs after initial 1 yr embargo. 

02/01/1995-07/31/2007 in Academic OneFile


Primary Care Respiratory Journal (now called  "Primary Care Respiratory Medicine")

 1997 - 2014 archive is available with 2015+ articles at the new site

Also available via KVCC Libraries from 2014 + in ProQuest Central


RT: for Decision Makers in Respiratory Care

Also available via KVCC Libraries from 2006 + via Academic Onefile

Chest Medicine On-Line

Approximately 50 articles from 2012 to the present