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JMIR Infodemiology ; 2(1): e37115, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2306861
J Med Internet Res ; 24(7): e41046, 2022 07 26.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1974546


The Journal of Medical Internet Research is pleased to offer "Research Letter" as a new article type. Research Letters are similar to original and short paper types in that they report the original results of studies in a peer-reviewed, structured scientific communication. The Research Letter article type is optimal for presenting new, early, or sometimes preliminary research findings, including interesting observations from ongoing research with significant implications that justify concise and rapid communication.

Biomedical Research , Publishing , Communication , Humans , Peer Review
J Med Internet Res ; 22(6): e21820, 2020 06 29.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-616134


In this issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the World Health Organization (WHO) is presenting a framework for managing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infodemic. Infodemiology is now acknowledged by public health organizations and the WHO as an important emerging scientific field and critical area of practice during a pandemic. From the perspective of being the first "infodemiologist" who originally coined the term almost two decades ago, I am positing four pillars of infodemic management: (1) information monitoring (infoveillance); (2) building eHealth Literacy and science literacy capacity; (3) encouraging knowledge refinement and quality improvement processes such as fact checking and peer-review; and (4) accurate and timely knowledge translation, minimizing distorting factors such as political or commercial influences. In the current COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations has advocated that facts and science should be promoted and that these constitute the antidote to the current infodemic. This is in stark contrast to the realities of infodemic mismanagement and misguided upstream filtering, where social media platforms such as Twitter have advertising policies that sideline science organizations and science publishers, treating peer-reviewed science as "inappropriate content."

Coronavirus Infections , Health Education/methods , Health Education/organization & administration , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral , Public Health/methods , Social Media/organization & administration , Social Media/standards , World Health Organization/organization & administration , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/economics , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Health Education/standards , Health Literacy , Humans , Pandemics/economics , Pneumonia, Viral/economics , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Politics , Public Health/education , Public Health/standards , SARS-CoV-2 , Social Media/supply & distribution