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Journal implements 'fast track' for studies on Covid-19


Maíra Menezes (IOC/Fiocruz)


Articles on the new coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) can be published in just 24 hours in the journal Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, one of the oldest and most respected scientific journals in Latin America.

Considering the importance of rapid data sharing during the pandemic, the journal provided an express way for the dissemination of research. Already used for work on Zika, chikungunya, yellow fever and Ebola, the Fast Track system allows publication after an editor's evaluation, while the peer review process is underway.

"The Fast Track system was launched during the Zika epidemic in Brazil, aligned with the call for data sharing in public health emergencies conducted by WHO [World Health Organization]. The immediate response and participation of the scientific community to this call reinforce the idea that open science is becoming part of the path of scientific publication,"" said the journal's editor, Adeilton Brandão.

To guide readers, information that peer review is in progress is flagged in the articles published in the Fast Track section. The open data period is mentioned in the final publication in articles accepted after peer review. In case of rejection, authors remain free to publish on other platforms.

The submission of articles can be carried out through the Journal’s website.

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