COVID-19 has led to a flood of misinformation in the media and on social channels, and the early release of huge numbers of research papers.
It’s a confusing time, when clarity about scientific research and access to reliable sources of information have never been more important.
And, here at the AusSMC, we know science can be a confusing prospect for journalists at the best of times!
To help tackle these issues, we are launching three simple, clear labels to be attached to any medical story that features on Scimex.
At a glance, you will be able to tell whether or not a paper has been reviewed by other experts before publication (peer-reviewed), what type of study was conducted, and what type of subjects were studied, be they animals, humans, or cells in a dish.
The three new fields are:
Was the research peer-reviewed?
What type of evidence was involved?
What was the subject of the study?
You’ll see these labels displayed under the headline on medical Scimex stories, including an explanation of each label entry on that story.
For more details about the new fields, click here.