Public engagement with COVID-19 preprints : bridging the gap between scientists and society / Dr. Justus Henke, Institut für Hochschulforschung an der Universität Halle-Wittenberg (HoF), Germany
VerfasserHenke, Justus
KörperschaftMartin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
ErschienenWittenberg : Institut für Hochschulforschung an der Universität Halle-Wittenberg (HoF), [2023?]
Version 2, September 2023
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The surge in preprint server use especially during the Covid-19 pandemic necessitates a reexamination of their significance in the realm of science communication. This study rigorously´investigates discussions surrounding preprints framing them within the contexts of systems theory and boundary objects in scholarly communication. An analysis of a curated selection of COVID-19-related preprints from bioRxiv and medRxiv was conducted emphasizing those that transitioned to journal publications alongside the associated commentary and Twitter activity. The dataset was bifurcated into comments by biomedical experts versus those by non-experts encompassing both academic and general public perspectives. Findings revealed that while peers dominated nearly half the preprint discussions their presence in Twitter dialogues was markedly diminished. Yet intriguingly the themes explored by these two groups diverged considerably. Preprints emerged as potent boundary objects reinforcing rather than obscuring the delineation between scientific and non-scientific discourse. They serve as crucial conduits for knowledge dissemination and foster inter-disciplinary engagements. Nonetheless the interplay between scientists and the wider public remains nuanced necessitating strategies to incorporate these diverse discussions into the peer review continuum without compromising academic integrity and to cultivate sustained engagement from both experts and the broader community.