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      Publishing volumes in major databases related to Covid-19

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          The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, induced a global pandemic for which an effective cure, either in the form of a drug or vaccine, has yet to be discovered. In the few brief months that the world has known Covid-19, there has been an unprecedented volume of papers published related to this disease, either in a bid to find solutions, or to discuss applied or related aspects. Data from Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science, and Elsevier’s Scopus, which do not index preprints, were assessed. Our estimates indicate that 23,634 unique documents, 9960 of which were in common to both databases, were published between January 1 and June 30, 2020. Publications include research articles, letters, editorials, notes and reviews. As one example, amongst the 21,542 documents in Scopus, 47.6% were research articles, 22.4% were letters, and the rest were reviews, editorials, notes and other. Based on both databases, the top three countries, ranked by volume of published papers, are the USA, China, and Italy while BMJ, Journal of Medical Virology and The Lancet published the largest number of Covid-19-related papers. This paper provides one snapshot of how the publishing landscape has evolved in the first six months of 2020 in response to this pandemic and discusses the risks associated with the speed of publications.

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            An Alert to COVID-19 Literature in Predatory Publishing Venues

            The COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a flood of papers and preprints, has placed multiple challenges on academic publishing, the most obvious one being sustained integrity under the pressure to publish quickly. There are risks of this high volume-to-speed ratio. Many letters, editorials, and supposedly “peer reviewed” papers in ranked and indexed journals were published in a matter of days, suggesting that peer review was either fleeting or non-existential, or that papers were rapidly approved by editors based on their perceived interest and topicality, rather than on their intrinsic academic value. In academic publishing circles, the claim of “peer review”, when in fact it has not been conducted, is a core characteristic of “predatory publishing”, and is also a “fake” element that may undermine efforts in recent years to build trust in science's budding serials crisis. While the world is still centrally focused on COVID-19, the issue of “predatory publishing” is being ignored, or not being given sufficient attention. The risks to the scholarly community, academic publishing and ultimately public health are at stake when exploitative and predatory publishing are left unchallenged.
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                Contributors
                jaimetex@yahoo.com
                ptsigaris@tru.ca
                amin.erfanmanesh@gmail.com
                Journal
                Scientometrics
                Scientometrics
                Scientometrics
                Springer International Publishing (Cham )
                0138-9130
                1588-2861
                28 August 2020
                : 1-12
                Affiliations
                [1 ]P. O. Box 7, Miki-cho post office, Ikenobe 3011-2, Kagawa-ken, 761-0799 Japan
                [2 ]GRID grid.265014.4, ISNI 0000 0000 9945 2031, Department of Economics, , Thompson Rivers University, ; 805 TRU Way, Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8 Canada
                [3 ]GRID grid.10347.31, ISNI 0000 0001 2308 5949, Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, , University of Malaya, ; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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                3675
                10.1007/s11192-020-03675-3
                7454548
                © Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2020

                This article is made available via the PMC Open Access Subset for unrestricted research re-use and secondary analysis in any form or by any means with acknowledgement of the original source. These permissions are granted for the duration of the World Health Organization (WHO) declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic.

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