We are Clémence Leyrat, Corentin Segalas, Julien Hernandez, and Lonni Besançon and we have analyzed and gathered data on the lack of transparency of COVID19 research that can explain confusing claims in the media and distrust in COVID19 research. ...
TL;DR: We are researchers and a journalist here today to answer questions you might have on the lack of transparency and the misuse of some basic scientific principles that we have observed and on which we gathered data during COVID19. We hope to provide you with a multidisciplinary outlook of this and to answer all your questions.
We are Clémence Leyrat, Corentin Segalas, Lonni Besançon, and Julien Hernandez 4 researchers and a scientific journalist who have looked at COVID19 research and potential misuses of basic transparency research principles.
Preprints (non peer-reviewed manuscripts) on COVID19 have been mentioned in the news approximately 10 times more than preprints on other topics published during the same period.
Approximately 700 articles have been accepted for publication in less than 24 hours, among which 224 were detailing new research results. Out of these 224 papers, 31% had editorial conflicts of interest (i.e., the authors of the papers were also part of the editorial team of the journal).
There has been a large amount of duplicated research projects probably leading to potential scientific waste.
There have been numerous methodologically flawed studies which could have been avoided if research protocols were transparently shared and reviewed before the start of a clinical trial.
Finally, the lack of data sharing and code sharing led to the now famous The Lancet scandal on Surgisphere
We hope that we can all shed some light on our findings and answer your questions. So there you go, ask us anything.
Thank /u/coffeewithnutmeg, /u/laidbackleo87, u/KatvanG, u/NyghtRavyn, u/MistressEffin, /u/caracanell, u/DeviantTurd, and kind strangers for the silver, the gold, the "Hugz", the "Rocket", the "Faith In Humanity Restored", the "Excited", and the "wholesome" awards
Going to call this a night. It's 1:00 am here and we've got work tomorrow. We'll take on questions tomorrow when we see them so keep posting folks
I'll use this post to also remind everyone that if you want to help, remember that you can give your CPU/GPU time to help research on COVID 19 through projects like Folding@Home