Ministry of Science and Technology: The epidemic prevention and control should not focus on the publication of the paper before the completion of the epidemic prevention and control

The Ministry of Science and Technology has issued a notice, requiring scientific research units to apply research results to epidemic prevention, before the completion of the epidemic prevention and control tasks, should not focus on the publication of papers. Ministry of Science and Technology website on January 29, 2020, revealed that recently, the Ministry of Science and Technology issued a notice, asking all relevant projects to bear the burden of the unit and its scientific research personnel, dare to assume, put all the research efforts into the various tasks, put the paper in the first line of the fight against the epidemic, the research results applied to the victory of the epidemic.

Ministry of Science and Technology: The epidemic prevention and control should not focus on the publication of the paper before the completion of the epidemic prevention and control

The Ministry of Science and Technology’s official website did not disclose the details of the notice. Interface news January 30 from the Ministry of Science and Technology related departments were informed that the above-mentioned notice is fullname “the Ministry of Science and Technology Office on strengthening the new coronavirus pneumonia science and technology project management related matters notice” (referred to as “Notice”). It has now been sent to the relevant agencies.

“Notice” proposed that the project undertakeunits to the epidemic prevention and control work as the most important work at present, organize scientific research personnel to focus on, coordinate efforts to ensure high efficiency and high quality to complete the new coronavirus pneumonia prevention and control of scientific and technological tasks.

“Notice” requires that “the project undertaker units and their scientific research personnel should adhere to the national interests and the interests of the people first, the paper ‘written on the land of the motherland’, the research results applied to the epidemic prevention and control, before the completion of the epidemic prevention and control tasks, should not focus on the publication of the paper.” “

“Notice” also mentioned that the project management professional institutions to strengthen the new coronavirus pneumonia science and technology response to the emergency project management, timely understanding of the progress of the attack, coordination to solve the problems encountered, the project commitment unit submitted the new coronavirus pneumonia research results and data, In accordance with the requirements of the new coronavirus pneumonia joint prevention and control mechanism scientific research team, to provide related project commitment units, attack team and other shared use.

Since the outbreak of the new coronavirus pneumonia outbreak, domestic scientific research institutions have published a number of research results in the form of papers, but this phenomenon has also caused controversy.

Wang Liming, a popular science writer and professor at Zhejiang University’s School of Life Sciences, recently pointed out that after the outbreak, many papers of “following the wind” and “hot spot” appeared within the Chinese scientific community. For example, after the virus gene sequence was published, several papers were quickly published. What they have in common is the use of viral sequences for simple bioinformatics analysis, bold “guesses” that are not inappropriate for academic publication alone, but clearly lack strict data support.

Interface news incomplete statistics, since the outbreak of the epidemic, Chinese scholars have more than a dozen papers or related articles published in authoritative journals at home and abroad. Some of the research data and information mentioned in these papers predate even official briefings.