European Science Editing 46: e53230, doi: 10.3897/ese.2020.e53230
ESE and EASE call for high standards of research and editing
expand article infoKsenija Bazdaric, Pippa Smart§
‡ Rijeka University Faculty of Medicine, Rijeka, Croatia§ European Association of Science Editors, Oxford, United Kingdom
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Abstract

The world has changed in the past few months in a way most of us could not imagine. The words “novel corona virus’’ (SARS-CoV-2), “COVID-19’’, “prevention”, “flattening the curve’’ and “hand washing’’ have become constant references within the daily news reports of mortality rates, the lack of equipment and possible therapies. The novel corona virus (SARS-CoV-2), which was first identified in the Chinese province of Hubei, has led to a pandemic and the whole scientific community, both in the public and privately-financed sector, is searching for an effective therapy as well as for a vaccine. All scientists (clinicians, epidemiologists, virologists, and public health experts) are under great pressure to give advice on matters where there is still no evidence.

We are used to reading fake news and non-filtered information in the media, but are we ready for similar occurrences in science journals?

Keywords
COVID-19, editorial standards, ethics, pandemic, publishing