The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly influenced the course of scientific publishing and the traversal of scientific information. Thus, this course will center around the work of Rapid Reviews: COVID-19, an open-access, rapid-review overlay journal that accelerates peer review of COVID-19-related research by soliciting and publishing open-access reviews for manuscripts posted on pre-print servers. To learn more about the organization, please visit https://rapidreviewscovid19.mitpress.mit.edu/.
This DeCal introduces students to the current state of scientific and academic research, peer review, and publication as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a great opportunity for students who would like to be part of an impactful effort to support COVID-19-related research across a wide range of disciplines, from economics and public health to molecular biology and clinical medicine.
Classes will feature guest lecturers who will cover a range of relevant topics including the critical assessment of COVID-19 research, scientific publishing and the role of preprints, open-access journalism, and utilizing digital tools for scientific advocacy. Guest lecturers from the scientific community, academic publishing, and the press will offer their perspectives, experiences, and lessons learned from dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
A unique facet of this DeCal is that students will directly contribute to RR:C19's mission and workflow in addition to engaging with RR:C19's editorial board. In doing so, students will have the opportunity to become involved with RR:C19 both over the semester and in the long-run.
By the end of this course, students will be able to identify and critique important and relevant papers across a variety of domains of study that could potentially alter the path of the pandemic, identify ways to engage policymakers in utilizing scientific research in their policy solutions to the pandemic, and be able to apply their knowledge of digital tools to improve the awareness of initiatives to curb scientific misinformation and support important scientific discoveries.
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