The pandemic has brought new public attention to non-peer-reviewed research, especially in medical fields
When medRxiv, a site that hosts unpublished research manuscripts — called preprints — in the medical sciences launched in June 2019, things got off to a slow start.
Love them or distrust them, there is no doubting preprint servers have changed academic publishing and the way the wider public consumes science. It is perhaps time to reflect on whether we need guardrails for quality and the impact when they are not present. This great piece by Inside Higher Ed delves into the issues in play.
For the first few months of its existence, that was true. “Medicine was a more conservative discipline,” Inglis, who is also a co-founder of a preprint server for biology called bioRxiv, said in an interview. “We were not expecting an enormous and immediate uptake of preprints, because we needed to create trust, we needed to create familiarity.”
The pandemic changed things.
“In January 2020 we got 240 manuscripts,” Inglis said. “In May of 2020 we got 2,400.”