The medical community must contend with an unprecedented deluge of scientific information during the worst pandemic in a century. In an effort to ensure rapid dissemination of studies, the rise of non-peered pathways, including the use of pre-print services and the apparent trend of publication by press releases, Drs. Spec and Ilan Schwartz argue that peer reviewed journals are more critical than ever. “It is imperative that journals not abandon principles of scientific rigor in favor of urgency”.
Andrej Spec, MD, MSCI, WUSM ID fellow 2016 and current assistant professor at Washington University School of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Ilan Schwartz, MD, University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry describe events that lead to their editorial “Balancing Scientific Rigor with Urgency in the COVID19 Pandemic”.