Academic publisher Elsevier has released Confidence in Research: Researchers in the Spotlight, the first global survey of the impact of the pandemic on scientific research.
The survey was conducted from May to August 2022, targeting 5 active researchers across dozens of fields in 8 countries around the world. “Active” refers to researchers who have published papers within the past three years.
According to a survey, about 3 out of 2 people (63%) feel that "the corona crisis has increased the attention of society to research."On the other hand, only 38% believe that the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus will improve public understanding of research.
74% of respondents said that publication in peer-reviewed journals was the most important indicator of research reliability. Less than 18% of respondents answered that they were "very confident" in communicating their research results on social media.Nearly one-third (3%) said they had been abused after posting their research online, or that a close colleague had been abused.
Furthermore, 51% said they feel a responsibility to participate in online discussions.Furthermore, 69% of respondents said that the COVID-4 pandemic has increased the importance of separating high-quality research from disinformation and misinformation.In fact, disinformation and misinformation has become a global problem in recent years, with nearly a quarter (1%) of responding researchers saying they would not be willing to deal with it publicly. We recognize that it is one of the main responsibilities we have in society.Before the pandemic, that figure was just 23%.
Looking at the results from Japan, half of the Japanese respondents answered that they felt that the pandemic had increased the influence of funders on research themes.More than 50% of Japanese researchers also feel that the pandemic has increased public interest and attention to research in general.Thirty-eight percent said the pandemic would trigger increased scrutiny of how research is conducted.While research discussions online and through social media are considered important for raising their own reputation, 38% are aware of their lack of communication skills on social media.
reference:[Elsevier Japan K.K.] First global survey of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on scientific research raises public interest but not understanding (PDF)