|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Ahead of print publication
COVID-19 and research publications
Department of Uvea and Ocular Immunology, Narayana Nethralaya, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
|Date of Submission||29-Jan-2021|
|Date of Decision||06-Feb-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||06-Feb-2021|
Department of Uvea and Ocular Immunology, Narayana Nethralaya, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
I read with interest the excellent editorial by Banerjee. I fully agree that the medical and the scientific fraternity are in a big rush to get their view points across on corona virus disease (COVID)-19. Even the established journals like the British Medical Journal has joined in the race to put across facts without peer review albeit a disclaimer. Even the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative from the founder of Facebook™ serves as a preprint for biology accepting COVID-19 articles on various subjects. Another offering from the prestigious Nature Journal is an open-source platform for rapid review of preprints related to emerging outbreaks. While all this is a work in progress, as Banerjee suggests that the potential harm could not be discounted. In this information superhighway of our times, we need to assimilate and digest information with an extra pinch of salt. Disclaimers are much needed about the existing information and whether they have been subjected to due peer review. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, even the peer review of established journals has been delayed. This may result in accurate information arriving much later after charlatan act by the influencers in this age of social media.
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