Novel coronavirus (70) Science article: ˜A completely new culture of doing research. Coronavirus outbreak changes how scientists communicate

1 March, 2020

Dear Neil,

I think HIFA members, especially researchers and publishers, may be interested in this article from Science.

‘A completely new culture of doing research.’ Coronavirus outbreak changes how scientists communicate' By Kai Kupferschmidt

Some extracts:

"Sluggish scientific communication has often been a problem during past outbreaks. Researchers sometimes sat on crucial data until a paper was accepted by a high-profile, peer-reviewed journal, because they were worried competitors might run with them."

"NEJM Editor-in-Chief Eric Rubin concedes there is a tension between rigor and speed. The journal’s review process for COVID-19 papers, he notes, is basically the same as always but much faster. “We and authors could do a more careful job if we had more time,” he wrote in an email. “But, for now, physicians are dealing with a crisis and the best quality information available quickly is better than perfect information that can’t be accessed until it’s not helpful.”"

Best wishes


HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development ( She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social Media Working Group.

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