MILWAUKEE – In June 2019, a team of scientists and editors launched an online server where medical researchers could submit articles. The team’s goal was to help the medical community more quickly share research findings and learn from one another.
By the end of the year, the team was receiving about 75 submissions per week.
Then COVID-19 appeared.
Now, nearly that many submissions come in each day.
“I’m thrilled, I’m really thrilled!” said Harlan Krumholz, one of the founders of the server, medRxiv (pronounced “med archive”). “It’s really speeding the ability for scientists to be able to communicate with each other and understand what each other is doing.”
Just as everyday life has been affected by COVID-19, science itself has changed.
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Faced with a brand new, incurable and deadly disease, scientists have had to learn how to produce meaningful information