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COVID-19 and research publications

 Department of Uvea and Ocular Immunology, Narayana Nethralaya, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission29-Jan-2021
Date of Decision06-Feb-2021
Date of Acceptance06-Feb-2021

Correspondence Address:
Srinivasan Sanjay,
Department of Uvea and Ocular Immunology, Narayana Nethralaya, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_61_21

How to cite this URL:
Sanjay S. COVID-19 and research publications. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2022 Dec 7]. Available from: https://www.mjdrdypv.org/preprintarticle.asp?id=338988

Dear Sir,

I read with interest the excellent editorial by Banerjee.[1] 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.[2] Even the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative from the founder of Facebook™ serves as a preprint for biology accepting COVID-19 articles on various subjects.[3] Another offering from the prestigious Nature Journal is an open-source platform for rapid review of preprints related to emerging outbreaks.[4] While all this is a work in progress, as Banerjee suggests that the potential harm could not be discounted.[1] 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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Banerjee A. Science in the time of Corona: That uneasy feeling. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2021 Feb 26]. Available from: https://www.mjdrdypv.org/preprintarticle.asp?id=308218. [Epub ahead of print].  Back to cited text no. 1
Available from: https://www.medrxiv.org/-the pre-print server for health services. [Last accessed on 2021 Jan 29].  Back to cited text no. 2
Available from: https://www.biorxiv.org/-the preprint server for biology. [Last accessed on 2021 Jan 29].  Back to cited text no. 3
Available from: https://outbreaksci.prereview.org foremergingoutbreaks. [Last accessed on 2021 Jan 29].  Back to cited text no. 4


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