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Preprints and data sharing ‘at low level’ during pandemic

Despite praise for pandemic openness, only one in 20 Covid-19 publications were released as preprints

Advocates for rapid publication of research results are disappointed that ‘preprint publications’ and data sharing levels remained relatively low during the pandemic, despite Covid-19 thrusting open science into the public eye.

Even before the pandemic hit, many researchers were increasingly making their work available as non-peer-reviewed preprint papers online ahead of their publication in traditional journal papers, citing the benefits of speed via this route. 

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