When you are waiting to get your teeth cleaned in the doctor or dentist’s office you have probably noticee=d the magazines laying around everywhere. Among the sports magazines and 6-month-old copies of People magazine, you may have noticed a couple of more boring looking magazines that the dentist must have accidentally left out for his patients to read while they are waiting. They are something that the dentist should be (and probably already did) reading themselves. These publications are called peer-reviewed journals. You might learn something from a journal of dentistry yourself, though.
Peer-reviewed journals are publications that scientists, researchers, and medical professionals use to keep up with the latest trends in their fields. They have articles, essays, and other writings that come from trusted sources. Here are 3 great reasons that peer-review journals are a great asset when it comes to research and development.
1. Gets rid of sub-standard research – When a piece of writing makes it into a peer-reviewed journal, it must first pass the rigorous test of being approved by the editors of the journal. These editors are experts in the field that the journal is dedicated to. They are sure not to let any article that is the product of unthorough research or someone that is not qualified to get into their journal. This means that any information that is acquired from a peer-reviewed journal can be trusted.
2. Diversity – Reviewers and editors of these publications are tasked with the job of making sure that none of the writing that get into their publication have any bias at all. This ensures that different viewpoints within the field will be represented equally and given the chance to fully explain their approach. A medical journal that only reinforces people’s pre-set ideas isn’t very valuable at all.
3. Sources – These journals are all highly valued and respected by college professors and other professionals in the field. These means that they are a great resource for students writing essays and also people that are seeking grants for study in their field of choice. They are not only useful for doctors.
These peer-reviewed journals may seem like a boring magazine to you. They are actually a very valuable resource. Next time that you are bored waiting in an office pick one up and give it a read. You might be surprised at what you might find out. It could give you some great questions to ask your dentist.