Fast news or fake news?: The advantages and the pitfalls of rapid publication through pre-print servers during a pandemic

EMBO Rep. 2020 Jun 4;21(6):e50817. doi: 10.15252/embr.202050817.


Pre-print servers have helped to rapidly publish important information during the COVID-19 pandemic. The downside is the risk of spreading false information or fake news though.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections* / epidemiology
  • Deception
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Pandemics*
  • Peer Review
  • Pneumonia, Viral* / epidemiology
  • Publishing* / standards
  • Publishing* / statistics & numerical data
  • Serial Publications* / standards