European Science Editing 46: e56541, doi: 10.3897/ese.2020.e56541
Rethinking editorial management and productivity in the COVID-19 pandemic
expand article infoQuan-Hoang Vuong, Manh-Toan Ho
‡ Centre for Interdisciplinary Social Research, Phenikaa University, Hanoi, Vietnam
Open Access

The indirect costs of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically extended work absenteeism and possible loss of productivity, are discussed focusing on the research community and its publishing. We suggest that the community should learn strategic and innovative decision-making as well as crisis management from business management to think ahead, especially about working effectively and being productive in times of crisis. The main challenges are:

1) communicating scientific and credible information about the pandemic,
2) focusing on being productive to provide some certainty, and
3) adopting a new mindset and being open to unexpected opportunities.

COVID-19; pandemic; loss of productivity; editorial management