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Publishing during a crisis: ethics and lessons learnt from COVID-19
The effects of COVID-19 continue to be felt around the world. For science and research, the pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on researchers and policy makers and is likely to influence the future of scientific research and scholarly communication. What have we learned from our experience so far? Are the mechanisms in place to validate research optimized and are we bridging the gap between science, policy and citizens in the most effective way?
This Elsevier-organized INGSA satellite session is focused on the communication implications of publishing during a crisis and the need for real time information to inform public policy decisions. This session will be a lively panel discussion on the emerging lessons learnt from the pandemic that will include:
• Pressures on the peer review system when faced with an unprecedented increase in submissions
• Mechanism of knowledge transfer to inform policy decisions in real time
• Burden on Editors to both identify key research in the fight against COVID 19 but to also act as guardians of quality
• Acceleration of open science and importance of reproducibility with the emerging need for data disclosure
• The role of publishers and science journalism in communicating research findings to citizens and increased blurred boundaries between preprints, accepted manuscripts, and peer reviewed articles
• How will the future look in a new era where computing power, money, and access to raw data govern independent validation?
The outcome of this discussion will help guide a pathway for science and research communication, providing input and consideration for publishers, science communication and policy advisors more broadly.


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