Report on the effects of COVID-19 on research

03 Nov 2020 13:42 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

A report on the effects of COVID-19 on research has now been made publicly available via a landing page at Springer Nature’s website.  Attached is a summary version.

The key findings of our report focus on three areas of the research enterprise: research production, research information and research funding.

  • We found that universities, funders and others are reacting to the pandemic in three phases: they mobilised resources in the immediate term; they developed tactical responses to stabilise operations and navigate the new situation; and they are now called on to design strategies to emerge stronger after COVID-19.
  • The report provides a preliminary assessment of a still unfolding crisis, meaning that institutions may move backwards and forwards through these phases.
  • We have identified key priorities for each of the three areas, to protect research capacity, to support the transition to open science, and to secure research funding for the long term.
  • We recognise the interconnectedness of these issues and it will be the role of governments, policymakers, institutions and other stakeholders to address the three priorities identified in our study.

Please feel free to share the report and findings with your networks, and join in the social media commentary, which will be initiated by @SpringerNature and @rschconsulting.

Springer Nature will be providing the report to the Commons Science & Technology Committee’s current inquiry into the role of research and innovation in the recovery from COVID-19. 

There is also a parallel US study that was released last week, which is also available at the Springer Nature site.

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