Scholarly journals are also called academic, peer-reviewed or refereed journals. These are journals that academics submit articles to for other scholars, experts or academics peers in the field to review and comment. These reviewers must agree that the article represents properly conducted original research or writing before it can be published.
What to look for:
Examples of scholarly journals:
American Economic Review
Archives of Sexual Behavior
JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Journal of Theoretical Biology
For more information, check out this helpful guide from Cornell University: Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals