Mediterr J Rheumatol 2020;31(Suppl 2):243-6
Monitoring Information Flow on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Authors Information

1. Departments of Rheumatology and Research and Development, Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust (Teaching Trust of the University of Birmingham, UK), Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, West Midlands, United Kingdom

2. Department of Internal Medicine #2, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Lviv, Ukraine

3. Department of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India

4. Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

Armen Yuri Gasparyan, Olena Zimba, Durga Prasanna Misra, George D. Kitas


The flow of information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is intensifying, requiring concerted efforts of all scholars. Peer-reviewed journals as established channels of scientific communications are struggling to keep up with unprecedented high submission rates. Preprint servers are becoming increasingly popular among researchers and authors who set priority over their ideas and research data by pre-publication archiving of their manuscripts on these professional platforms. Most published articles on COVID-19 are now archived by the PubMed Central repository and available for searches on LitCovid, which is a newly designed hub for specialist searches on the subject. Social media platforms are also gaining momentum as channels for rapid dissemination of COVID-19 information. Monitoring, evaluating and filtering information flow through the established and emerging scholarly platforms may improve the situation with the pandemic and save lives.  


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©Gasparyan AY, Zimba O, Misra DP, Kitas GD.

 Article Submitted: 16 Jun 2020; Article Accepted: 14 Jul 2020; Available Online: 8 Sep 2020