To Print or Not to Print? Preprints and Publication: How the Covid-19 Pandemic Affected the Quality of Scientific Production
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An interesting paper recently published in Peer J. by Enrique Teran and coworkers casts light on a peculiar side effect of the Covid-19 pandemic that concerns the quality of articles that appeared as preprints in archives or as regular papers in peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
The authors report a detailed perusal of the scientific publications related to research on Covid-19 in a portion of the year 2020.
What emerges from the study is that over the total number of preprints uploaded in the archives' servers, that are not subjected to a formal peer-review process, only about 5.7% were later converted into regular articles and published in scholarly journals after a regular peer-review process. The statistics is based on a global sample of 5,061 preprints uploaded in three different archives.
- Añazco, D.; Nicolalde, B.; Espinosa, I.; Camacho, J.; Mushtaq, M.; Gimenez, J.; Teran, E. Publication rate and citation counts for preprints released during the COVID-19 pandemic: the good, the bad and the ugly. Peer J. 2021, 9, e10927. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.10927
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