This is our third monthly install (doesn’t time fly – and yet somehow, not move at all?) where we will be highlighting some of the initiatives HighWire customers have kickstarted in the face of COVID-19, sharing information and progressing research across the globe.
While some areas in both the US and the UK are relaxing lockdown / shelter in place guidance, HighWire employees in all territories will work remotely until at least Fall, and continue to follow best practice guidance as set out by our client the World Health Organization. We are well geared up for working in this way and have transitioned seamlessly into this “new normal” approach.
In this difficult time, we continue to be inspired watching the research community coming together to collaborate so rapidly and urgently during this time of change; analyzing new data across borders in a landscape that continues to shift daily.
medRxiv and bioRxiv
Both medRxiv and bioRxiv continue to rack up record traffic, with an enormous 20 million unique pageviews apiece during April. There is much discussion about how the role of preprint servers is evolving and driving science in real time. Here’s some essential reading on this topic that caught our eye:
- The Naked Scientist: This Q&A with Theo Bloom of BMJ explains how the preprint process works on medRxiv.
- Bloomberg: A pandemic moves peer review to twitter. This article discusses some of the potential pitfalls of preprints, and whether the changes we’re seeing in live science will stick after the pandemic. Richard Sever thinks yes: “Once a field starts doing this, they don’t stop.” https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/opinion/articles/2020-05-05/coronavirus-research-moves-faster-than-medical-journals
- New York Times – How coronavirus research is being weaponized. COVID-19 preprints reveal “two internets: one largely ideological, in which science is leveraged as propaganda, and one that consists of the kind of discussion and debate vital for academia — and democracy.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/14/opinion/coronavirus-research-misinformation.html
- This new paper (hosted on medRxiv) on factors associated with COVID-19-related hospital death in the linked electronic health records of 17m adult NHS patients is the largest study of its kind ever, anywhere, and leverages a brand new, secure analytics platform opensafely.org. It’s an impressive feat of both technology innovation and human collaboration, and this twitter thread from Ben Goldacre on its inception is a fascinating read https://twitter.com/bengoldacre/status/1258372975004389379?s=19
As we reported in our last blog, our semantic technology partners Semantic Scholar has created CORD-19 (the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset), a free resource of over 47,000 scholarly articles. All HighWire journals are indexed by Semantic Scholar as default, driving discoverability through a new channel. As part of ConTech’s webinar series, Sebastian Kohlmeier will be discussing Semantic Scholar’s response to the crisis. You can register here https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eJxFILoCSQyqsau4BTLZgg
Annals of Family Medicine
Last week we were pleased to launch a new, modern hosting platform for Annals of Family Medicine, a collaborative publishing effort between a number of medical associations. This includes its own COVID-19 collection, including preprints, special reports and push notifications, which can be accessed here https://www.annfammed.org/content/covid-19-collection
Cleveland Clinic has launched a series of COVID “curbside consults” authored by clinicians and addressing issues and provide point-of-care strategies for managing patients with COVID-19. https://www.ccjm.org/cc/covid-19-curbside-consults
Cochrane Library continues it’s series of COVID rapid reviews, with the latest (on convalescent plasma or hyperimmune immunoglobulin is available here).
CEO Simon Allen appeared on CNBC last week to discuss the growing demand for well-designed digital educational materials, and their role in the future beyond the crisis. https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/05/13/mcgraw-hill-sees-demand-for-its-digital-textbooks-as-students-learn-from-home.html
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