Typically, "scholarly" articles are written for other scholars. Scholarly articles are intended to make a contribution to knowledge in that field.
Many journals use a peer-review process prior to publishing an article to ensure reliability, validity, and methodology of an original research study. The review process ensures that the published article reflects solid scholarship.
Scholars critically assess a draft of the article before publication.
Scholarly articles often take a year or more to publish from the time of the study.
Peer-Reviewed journal articles almost always have:
These databases provide a filter to limit your search results. For example, in EBSCOhost databases, you will see this check box under "Limits":