Infobtes: Impact of COVID-19 on Publishing

When:  May 26, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (ET)

Join fellow members of the Washington DC Community of the Special Libraries Association for a conversation on recent articles in librarianship.

As the current Covid 19 pandemic emerged in 2020, there was an urgent need to conduct research and disseminate results rapidly. This scenario had a major impact on traditional publishing as preprints and open access emerged with a growing role in information dissemination. Lots of questions persist! How has the need to publish legitimate research on Covid 19 as quickly as possible been balanced against the process of full peer review? How has the editorial process changed in 2020? Will peer review survive? What will be the ultimate impact of the temporary loss of paywalls for Covid 19 research for traditional publishers? Have predatory publishers flourished in this unsettled publishing environment? Please join Anne Linton, Director, and Sarah Hoover, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, The George Washington University, for a discussion of these questions on April 26, 2021 at noon.

Some suggested readings to drive the discussion are below:

How a torrent of COVID science changed research publishing — in seven charts. Nature News 12-16-20.

Whitmore KA, Laupland KB, Vincent CM, Edwards FA, Reade MC. Changes in medical scientific publication associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Med J Aust. 2020 Dec;213(11):496-499.e1.

Schonfeld R. Are Publishers Learning from Their Mistakes? The Scholarly Kitchen. October 19,2020.

Cochran A. What Will We Learn About Scholarly Publishing as a Result of COVID-19? The Scholarly Kitchen. April 28, 2020.

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