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Research quality suffered amid COVID-19 rush to publish, study shows – Brisbane Times

An analysis of research published in the early stages of the pandemic has found a major decline in quality as journals rushed papers through to publication.



Lead author Michael Reade from the University of Queensland said they found that the rush to get information about the virus into the public domain saw the overall standard of research drop to concerning levels.
“Theres been a lot of commentary over the last few months that the quality of the medical literature decreased in the context of the pandemic, so we wanted to test that,” he said.
“We compared publications from the first five months of 2020 with the same period in 2019.
“There was obviously…

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