SCI-COMM COVID-19: Scientific communication in times of Corona virus

Summary of the project

The project is centred around the production of scientific literature related with COVID-19 and potential inefficiencies on its dissemination and reception. The goal of the project is to provide analytical tools that help decision making on the strategies pursued by institutions and research organizations on coordinating their scientific efforts to communicate their results, and respond in an efficient way to the communicational challenges that the coronavirus crisis has brought to the scientific communication system.

The project is structured on two parts:

  • Part 1 Diagnosis of the scientific information overload.
  • Part 2 Access and public reception of scientific information

Funded by:


  • Gabriela F. Nane – Principal Investigator
    Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics, TU Delft
  • Nicolas Robinson-Garcia – co-PI
    Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics, TU Delft
  • Rodrigo Costas
    CWTS, Leiden University
  • Daniel Torres-Salinas
    Department of Information and Communication, University of Granadaa
  • Pedro Castillo-Valdivieso
    Department of Computer Technologies and Architecture at the University of Granada

Research outcomes

  • Nane, G.F., Robinson-Garcia, N., van Schalkwyk, F., Torres-Salinas, D. COVID-19 and the scientific publishing system: Growth, open access and scientific fields. Scientometrics. doi:10.1007/s11192-022-04536-x
  • Nane, G.F., van Schalkwyk, F., Dudek, J., Torres-Salinas, D., Costas, R., Robinson-Garcia, N. The role of scientific output in public debates in times of crisis: A case study of the reopening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. In D.M. Berube (ed.). Pandemic Communication and Resilience. Springer Nature, pp. 307-329. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-77344-1_19
  • Torres-Salinas, D., Robinson-Garcia, N., van Schalkwyk, F., Nane, G.F., Castillo-Valdivieso, P. The growth of COVID-19 scientific literature: A forecast analysis of different daily time series in specific settings. 18th Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, Jul. 12-15, Leuven (Belgium) [Online event].