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Preprint Servers for COVID-19 Information
Preprint server for all areas of public health, epidemiology, general medicine, biological systems, and sports medicine. Contains preprints about COVID-19. Sponsored by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, British Medical Journal (BMJ), and Yale.
Preprint server for all inter- and intradisciplinary areas of biology including: biochemistry, bioengineering, clinical trials, neuroscience, scientific communications, and pathology. Sponsored by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO)
Preprints approved for international public consumption and endorsed for reading by the WHO as these preprints have gone through their preprint server vetting system. Works are still not peer reviewed.
Research Square is another preprint database that tracks the versioning and history of a preprint, including if its under review by a journal.
A pre-searched list of articles, preprints, book chapters, and journal articles. You can also sort for datasets (analyzed and raw) if you select "datasets" at the top and add a population (i.e., non-Hispanic White, Alaskan Native, etc.)
COVID-19 Data Portal
Tracks papers and datasets that are preprints and/or links you to the journals those papers have been printed in. Able to create search strings using Boolean Operators such as: Epidemiology AND American Indian; Observational Study AND elder*
The premier database for biomedical and health sciences literature. It also includes nursing, dentistry, the health care system, and pre-clinical sciences. This link includes the Furman Full Text button on records for full-text access.
Selected Readings on PrePrints
Preprint Servers in the Era of Coronavirus Disease 2019
Assigned reading for the first library session.
Nouri, S. N., Cohen, Y. A., Madhavan, M. V., Slomka, P. J., Iskandrian, A. E., & Einstein, A. J. (2020). Preprint manuscripts and servers in the era of coronavirus disease 2019. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 1-6. doi: 10.1111/jep.13498
"What is a Preprint?" Infographic
Class Reading Discussion Questions
- How have preprints, which have been around for many years, shaken up the information landscape since the beginning of COVID-19?
- What did you learn about the peer review process from reading this article? Did any information about preprints versus peer-reviewed articles surprise you?
- Do preprints do more harm or good "in the name of science"? Pick a side and be ready to explain your answer knowing that there is no "right" answer.