The fast-paced research that we need to quickly understand the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 and effectively find treatments has changed how scientists are communicating their results. Many researchers are posting their findings as preprints to speed up data sharing, rather than waiting for peer review and publication in an academic journal. But publishers are also stepping up and providing expedited processes to make peer reviewed information available as fast as possible, collecting all relevant publications together and making those freely accessible during this crisis.
ScienceOpen’s Collection of COVID-19 studies
In order to assist this information campaign and to support our users in their search for relevant information, we have grouped multiple Collection pages for coronavirus- and COVID-19-related publisher content in a special Super Collection Coronaviruses, COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2.
The Super Collection includes an automatically updating Novel Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 Collection of coronavirus preprints, articles and books, which already encompasses around 3000 publications of which around 25% are flagged as preprints.
The current explosion of information opens the possibility of misuse. That’s why ScienceOpen is working with publishers to highlight resources that have been vetted by experts through formal peer review. The interactive list of updating literature already includes the following scholarly publishers:
AfricArxiv | AIP Publishing | American Chemical Society | Annual Reviews | Emerald | Future Science Group | Hindawi | IEEE | IOP Publishing | JAMA Network (American Medical Association) | Karger Publishers | Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. | MDPI | The Microbiology Society | PLOS | The Royal Society | Wiley
For publishers & researchers
If you are an academic publisher and would like to add your coronavirus / COVID-19 resources to the page for free, just get in touch with Stephanie Dawson for more information.
How can you get involved as a researcher? If you are an author you can add a lay summary and graphical abstract to your article to reach out to a wider audience. You can also add links to the freely accessible datasets in your article or let users know how the can access the data. You are welcome to peer review any preprint in the system or even just “recommend” and article with one click. If you are interested in creating your own topical Collection to highlight the best research in your field, contact Stephanie Dawson for assistance.
A note from ScienceOpen
With our team in various states of lockdown in Germany, France, Poland, Hungary and the US, we greatly appreciate the efforts of researchers around the world to find treatments during this COVID-19 pandemic. We also sincerely thank all the publishers who are working hard to make expert-vetted content available to the research community and the public and are happy to be able to highlight these efforts. Follow https://www.scienceopen.com/collection/Coronavirus for more publisher Collections in the coming days and weeks. Stay safe everyone!
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