Is It Fake News or Is It Open Science? Science Communication in the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Abstract

This article explores science communication in the context of COVID-19 through a case study of a January 31, 2020, bioRxiv preprint publication that led to conspiracy theories by suggesting that SARS-CoV-2 originated in the laboratory through genetic engineering. Analysis will consider the initial preprint, the scientific critique that led it to be withdrawn, the conspiracy theories that continue to circulate, and the larger debate that this example has sparked among advocates and critics of open science.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-27
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Business and Technical Communication
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • health communication
  • rhetorical analysis
  • scholarly publishing
  • science communication
  • social media

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