A global challenge
The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the deadliest in history. It has killed over 5 million people around the world, and continues both to present a major threat to life, and to cause substantial economic, cultural and political disruption.
Rapid and widespread communication of research evidence and recommendations is a vital part of how humanity will tackle the pandemic and its consequences.
The scholarly communications sector rose quickly to the immediate challenge of accelerating the academic and clinical dissemination of relevant research. But progress continues to be hampered, not only by misinformation and fake news, but also by the fact that it is difficult for broader audiences to find and understand scholarly publications.
Our challenge now is to work together, and ensure that findings and recommendations from relevant research can be found, understood and acted on by the public, media, policy makers, patients, educators and other audiences beyond academia.