During the pandemic we have seen surge in the mainstream media reporting of preprint papers. Typically the more controversial and counter to the accepted wisdom was, the more breathlessly it was reported. It absolutely clickbait that drove traffic to news stories. This paper and study looks at the self-reported decision making process of journalists. Preprints definitely got scientific insights out to us faster, but were people sufficiently warned of the implications of the absence of peer review? We have included links to six related items.
Fleerackers, A., Moorhead, L., Maggio, LA., Fagan, K. & Alperin, JP. (2022) Science in motion: A qualitative analysis of journalists’ use and perception of preprints. bioRxiv 2022.02.03.479041; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.02.03.479041
Publisher (Creative Commons): https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.02.03.479041v1