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COVID-19 NEWS: Digital Science Studies 'How COVID-19 Is Changing Research Culture'
Digital Science published a report, “How COVID-19 Is Changing Research Culture,” which highlights “the global research landscape trends and cultural changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” It analyzes “publication trends, regional focal points of research, collaboration patterns, and top institutional producers of research in COVID-19.” Key findings include the following:
- As of 1 June 2020, there have been upwards of 42,700 scholarly articles on COVID-19 published, 3,100 clinical trials, 420 datasets, 270 patents, 750 policy documents, and 150 grants.
- Preprints have rapidly [been] established as a mainstream research output and a key part of COVID-19 research efforts. They started at relatively low levels in early January 2020 and accounted for around one quarter of research output by the beginning of May 2020.
- To date, more than 8,300 organisations have been involved in supporting COVID-19 research, with over 71,800 individual researchers identified as working on COVID-19 research.
- A density map of global COVID-19 paper production shows there are three to four major centres of research: an extended area in China composed of several cities—Wuhan, where the virus is alleged to have started, Beijing and Shanghai; Europe, specifically Italy and the UK, two of the harder hit countries; the US’s east coast research corridor including Boston and New York; and finally, a lighter focus from the Californian institutions on the West coast.
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