January 25, 2022

Peer-Reviewed Podcasts: Amplify Podcast Network Produces Podcasts as Scholarly Communication

From Simon Fraser University:

As podcasting continues to grow in popularity, it has become an effective medium for researchers to share complex ideas in an accessible way. Publishing professor Hannah McGregor is showing that podcasts can be a form of academic research in their own right. She has been producing her Secret Feminist Agenda podcast since 2017 and has been working in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University Press to create an editorial methodology for the peer review of podcasts as a unique form of scholarly communication.

With the support of a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, McGregor has now established the Amplify Podcast Network, a partnership between SFU’s Publishing program and Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL), Wilfrid Laurier University Press (WLU Press), Wilfrid Laurier University Library (WLUL), and The Documentary Media Society (DOXA).

“A goal of the project is to support podcasting as a legitimate form of scholarship,” explains McGregor.


McGregor has long been interested in non-traditional forms of scholarly communication — those that are outside of conventional forms such as journal articles, book chapters, or edited collections. For the purposes of the Amplify Podcast Network, a scholarly podcast is defined as one that undergoes peer review. But, she says, this raises the question of who is considered a peer and how the review should be conducted.

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