Challenge 3: How is scientific knowledge disseminated?
- I can explain why the scientific publication process takes time.
- I understand the difference between peer reviewed journals and non-scholarly sources.
- I can identify preprint articles and explain their role in the pandemic information landscape.
Estimated Time: 25 minutes
Activity 1: Understanding the Difference Between Sources
Watch: 2 videos
Read: 2 articles
- Does it take too long to publish research?
- How swamped preprint servers are blocking bad coronavirus research
Reflect, Discuss & Share
- Step 1: Read the following article from healthline.com: “Trump Is Taking Hydroxychloroquine: Why Experts Say You Shouldn’t”
- Step 2: With a partner, create a list of the people, organizations, and other sources referenced in the article. After you have created the list, circle the reputable sources.
Step 3: With a partner, answer the following questions:
- Is the article you read from healthline.com peer reviewed?
- When was the article published?
- How long do you think it took the author to write and publish this article?
- From the list of sources you created, which of the reputable sources would be considered “peer reviewed” journals?
- Step 4: With a partner, pretend you are talking with your friends and family. In 2-3 sentences, explain to them why peer review is important and how they can identify peer reviewed material to fact check information about COVID-19.