Coronavirus (652) Open access: how COVID-19 will change the way research findings are shared (2) Pre-prints

23 May, 2020

We have always worried about the tendency of authors going ahead to promote their findings before peer review. Especially where literacy is low preprints that do not get through peer review eventually, and therefore not published, have already entered the literature (is that misinformation?).

We were thrilled to read the following on preprints:

'Preprints, by definition, have not gone through the peer review process. There will always be some cases where the information is not scientifically robust, but researchers are using their critical skills to call them out. The preprint which suggested there were ‘uncanny’ similarities between COVID-19 and HIV (opens in a new tab) is one example. After being criticised on social media by researchers around the world, it was withdrawn 48 hours later.'

Joseph Ana.

HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

Email: jneana AT