Prediction of Significant Preprint Papers for Science and Science Journalism

This project examines whether the impact of preprint papers on the novel corona virus (Corona; Covid; SARS-CoV) in news coverage can be predicted, whether those papers get more frequently published in scientific journals, and how journalism covered preprints. During the pandemic, journalists selected a high number of preprint papers as scientific source for the first time, at the same time scientist rushed to publish thousands of preprints. Estimating the impact of the preprint papers and analyzing the content of the news coverage will show how journalism handles heightened scientific uncertainty during a crisis situation in terms of sources, experts and statements.


Laufzeit: 18  Monate
Förderer: VW Stiftung


Beteiligte Wissenschaftler*innen:
Markus Lehmkuhl
Sarah Kohler