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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 103

Publication during COVID-19, introducing useful resources for research


Dental Research Center, Dentistry Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Date of Submission31-Dec-2020
Date of Acceptance12-Jun-2021
Date of Web Publication10-Dec-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mojgan Alaeddini
Dental Research Centre, Dentistry Research Institute, Ghods St, Enghelab Ave, P.O. Box: 14155.5583; Postal code: 14174, Tehran
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1735-3327.332097

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Etemad-Moghadam S, Alaeddini M. Publication during COVID-19, introducing useful resources for research. Dent Res J 2021;18:103

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Etemad-Moghadam S, Alaeddini M. Publication during COVID-19, introducing useful resources for research. Dent Res J [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Oct 4];18:103. Available from: https://www.drjjournal.net/text.asp?2021/18/1/103/332097



Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 has caused global distress by giving rise to the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting various professions, including dentistry.[1] Dental researchers/clinicians need immediate access to the most recent studies on various aspects of the disease to conduct further studies and become aware of its effects on maxillofacial tissues and dental treatments.

Timely availability of the latest findings obtained worldwide is a major consideration for researchers, and thus knowledge on how to acquire such data would be essential for investigating the COVID-19 crisis. Manuscripts containing novel information cannot become immediately available and need to be peer-reviewed so that their information is validated. For this reason, published preprints may not be unconditionally used, even when the data are relevant and essential for a study. To help with this issue, artificial intelligence along with a network of scholars is being used (e.g., Rapid Reviews COVID-19) to separate the most effective preprints, which would be ultimately reviewed by referees within a few days leading to accelerated data availability.[2]

Scientists/scholars can gain access to the most relevant information, in the shortest amount of time without having to comb through a large volume of nonessential material, by using resources that are specific to COVID-19 and who freely offer data on ongoing issues of the disease. These include:

  • LitCovid (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/research/coronavirus/) is a daily-updated hub that detects 35% more pertinent papers than searches predicated on keywords. It classifies PubMed articles by research-topic and geographic-location displayed on a world map. Papers are systematized by disease overview, mechanism, transmission, treatment, case-report, and epidemic-forecasting[3]
  • CORD19 or COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (https://www.semanticscholar.org/cord19) is a downloadable, weekly-updated resource of full-text and metadata, optimized for machine readability and available for data-mining[4]
  • CURE or Covid-19 Universal REsource gateway https://drtc.isibang.ac.in/okp/CURE/supplies open-access resources, open-data and open-educational-websites on COVID-19, for researchers and the general public. It links data from publications, repositories, and datasets while providing access to databases with statistics on the most recent state of the virus
  • IADR https://www.iadr.org/COVID-19 has made available COVID-19-resources while providing information on funding opportunities and links to coronavirus-relevant-research/webinars
  • Cochrane Oral Health (https://rb.gy/oqwnyu) supplies resources on COVID-19 and links to dentistry-related associations of different countries.


The time-span between submission--publication can be an obstacle. Many reviewers decline invitations by reason of being “busy due to COVID-19-related responsibilities.” In addition, processing a large number of COVID-19 submissions can be difficult for the Editorial-team. Well-respected publishers have taken measures to facilitate publication by supplying free fast-tracking, extending limits on author revisions, encouraging posting preprints to bioRxiv or medRxiv[5] and offering publication waivers. To further help with accessibility, publishers have presented COVID-19 articles altogether as a single collection. Examples of such collections in dentistry are https://rb.gy/dlrueq and https://www.nature.com/collections/jhcagbcgje.

We hope that by using all available resources, the scientific community can resolve the COVID-19 global crisis in the shortest time possible.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

The authors of this manuscript declare that they have no conflicts of interest, real or perceived, financial or non-financial in this article.



 
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Tu H, Tu S, Gao S, Shao A, Sheng J. Current epidemiological and clinical features of COVID-19; a global perspective from China. J Infect 2020;81:1-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Nature Index. COVID-19 research update: What bioinformatics can reveal about the pandemic. Available from: https://rb.gy/pqvyes. [Last accessed on 2020 Jul 04].  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Chen Q, Allot A, Lu Z. Keep up with the latest coronavirus research. Nature 2020;579:193.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Registry of Open Data on AWS. COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19). Available from: https://registry.opendata.aws/cord-19/. [Last accessed on 2020 Jul 17].  Back to cited text no. 4
    
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Eisen MB, Akhmanova A, Behrens TE, Weigel D. Publishing in the time of COVID-19. Elife 2020;9:e57162.  Back to cited text no. 5
    




 

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