Trade publications, such as trade journals or trade magazines, are periodicals that publish articles relevant to a particular field or industry. They are usually written by professionals actively working in the field, and the primary intended audience is working professionals. Trade sources often have advertisements that are targeted to the professionals in that industry, highlighting specific tools or products that would be used in their work. Trade sources may sometimes include references or citations, but they are generally not required.
Trade sources include journals and magazines such as Marine Log, Maritime Logistics Professional, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, and The Maritime Executive:
Some of the Cal Maritime Library subscription databases have an option to limit by trade publications. Use this option to find publications that publish articles similar to your topic. They may be interested in your article as well.
Each publication may have a slightly different method for deciding to publish an article. Some may have staff writers, some may accept submissions and include author guidelines on their website, some may have freelance writers they work with on a regular basis.