Episode Summary

On this episode of the Safety of Work podcast, we discuss peer reviewed journal papers. We dig into what they are and how they function. Whether you are using them for research purposes or setting out to write your own peer-reviewed paper, this conversation should prove useful.

Episode Notes

This topic was a request from one of our listeners. Join us as we dig into this frequently asked question and let you know all about academic journals and what you can take away from findings therein.


  • Explaining academic journals.
  • The ease of accessing journals in the Internet age.
  • What makes a reputable journal.
  • The peer-review process.
  • Why some peer-reviews take longer than others.
  • Qualitative vs. quantitative research.
  • Why submission numbers are going up.
  • Journal shopping and its risks.
  • Practical takeaways.


“I still sort of think fondly…of doing my PhD and…you could look up the catalogues online. So, you could sit at your desk and find a reference to the paper, but then you’d need to wander the shelves and find the right volume and pull it down and take it to the photocopy machine.”

“Sometimes if a paper hasn’t advanced satisfactorily between reviews, then the editor will just make a call…”

“You know that you’re going to get peer reviewers that think that research is quantitative.”