The pandemic presented many opportunities to improve processes and systems to accommodate faster communication and easier access. An urgency for effective science to inform decision-making has shown just how fast and open scholarly communication can be when it is critical. This interesting topic came to us from The Scholarly Kitchen in their article, “Guest Post — Open and Faster Scholarly Communication in a Post-COVID World.”

Researchers shared their preliminary results on preprint servers and institutional repositories at unprecedented rates, inspiring various preprint peer review initiatives. Journal publishers processed manuscripts from submission to publication in record time. In reality, much of what we know about COVID-19 has been learned through data sharing and collaboration at the international level.

Those opportunities and the extraordinary level of openness, speed and collaboration it afforded, also shone light on key challenges academia and the research world still faces in the transition to open research.

Melody K. Smith

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