1. The ‘anthropause’, a period of unusually reduced human activity and mobility due to COVID‐19 restrictions, has serendipitously opened up unique opportunities for research on how human activities impact the environment.
2. In the field of health, COVID‐19 research has led to concerns about the quality of research papers and the underlying research and publication processes due to accelerated peer review and publication schedules, increases in pre‐prints and retractions.
A very practical set of suggestions for ecological COVID-19 research that makes a contribution to the body of knowledge and practice.
4. We put forward a list of 10 key principles to support the establishment of a reproducible, replicable, robust, rigorous, timely and synthesizable COVID‐19 environmental evidence base that avoids research waste and is resilient to the pressures to publish urgently. These principles focus on engaging relevant actors (e.g. local communities, rightsholders) in research design and production, statistical power, collaborations, evidence synthesis, research registries and protocols, open science and transparency, data hygiene (cleanliness) and integrity, peer review transparency, standardized keywords and controlled vocabularies.
conservation evidence, COVID‐19, data hygiene, environmental, evidence, evidence synthesis, evidence‐based conservation, evidence‐informed decision‐making, knowledge co‐production, open science, registered reports
Kadykalo, AN., Haddaway, NR., Rytwinski, T., Cooke, SJ. (2021) Ten principles for generating accessible and useable COVID‐19 environmental science and a fit‐for‐purpose evidence base. Ecological Solutions and Evidence. 2021; 2:e12041. https://doi.org/10.1002/2688-8319.12041
Publisher (Open Access): https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/2688-8319.12041