RR:C19 peer reviews COVID-19-related preprints covering a broad range of disciplines, divided into five main domain areas. The domains are Public Health, Biological & Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, Medical Sciences, and Humanities & Social Sciences.
Mission: The mission of the Medical Sciences domain is to curate the most up-to-date information for clinicians and researchers to make decisions to better care for patients and understand the COVID-19 pandemic.
Philosophy: The Medical Sciences domain believes that all manuscripts - from bench to bedside to policy - will impact the care of patients. Our particular focus is on the direct application of these research areas on the prevention, treatment, and impact of COVID-19 for patients and the medical system. Unique to among RR:C19’s domains, we also review non-medical (e.g., policy, modeling, in vitro, etc.) pre-prints focusing on patients, the medical system, or its health workers.
Participating in the Medical Sciences domain does not require a medical degree or any other terminal graduate degree. We cherish an enthusiasm and passion for reading scholarly literature, providing a critical perspective, and being a team player. If there is COVID literature in your subject area, we'd greatly welcome your perspective! All we ask is interest in the subject matter and willingness to reach outside one's domain of expertise.
Testing and diagnostics
Variants of concern and immunity
Therapeutics and treatments
Prevention and vaccines
Seroprevalence, monitoring, and reinfection
Medical workforce and occupational health
Anything else that’s considered medicine or healthcare-related!
Our Team: The majority of our volunteer team comprises students who have completed their undergraduate degree, though this is not required. You do not have to be an expert, but you should be enthusiastic about reading the literature and trying to assess its implications on the pandemic trajectory. We are also well-supported by multiple luminaries in the infectious disease world, Drs. John Swartzberg and Mauro Schecter, and visiting scholars who also regularly attend our domain meetings providing their clinical and research perspectives on student papers.
Mission: The Biological & Chemical Sciences and Physical Sciences & Engineering domains curate the most impactful COVID-19 preprints relevant to the natural sciences and engineering disciplines. In these efforts, we look to offer educational resources to the public, policymakers, and STEM professionals, alike.
Philosophy: We have a very diverse group of volunteers, many of whom have no previous experience in infectious disease or virology. Frequently our discussions involve people from disparate backgrounds collaboratively synthesizing a consensus. For example, our infectious disease specialist will reach out to our computer science expert and ask whether the computational methods are sound and appropriately rigorous (or vice versa). If there is COVID literature in your subject area, we'd greatly welcome your perspective! All we ask is interest in the subject matter and willingness to reach outside one's domain of expertise.
Spillover events and reverse zoonosis
Novel infection models
In silico drug screening and drug repurposing
PPE design and sterilization
Machine learning-based epidemiological models
Our Team: Our multidisciplinary team is composed of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from a wide range of academic institutions, including UC Berkeley, UCSF, MIT, Duke, and Georgia Tech. While there is no formal educational requirement, team members typically have technical training in one core discipline and apply this expertise to our weekly multidisciplinary discussions.
Mission: The mission of the Public Health, Humanities and Social Sciences domain is to curate the most up-to-date research across a wide range of social science and public health disciplines—from anthropology to psychology to law to infectious disease modeling—to shed light on the multifaceted ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigation approaches.
Philosophy: The Public Health and Social Sciences domain embraces multi-disciplinarity and a broad definition of applicable research. While we aim to track and engage the most cutting edge work on public health mitigation strategies and the latest research on COVID-19 epidemiology (to inform policymaking and ongoing research efforts), we also review manuscripts across humanities and social sciences that reflect, critically assess and archive the wide-ranging social implications of this unprecedented pandemic. We aim to select preprints that will directly contribute to ongoing public conversations, inform future research, highlight important findings and expose the social and epidemiological effects of the pandemic across geographies and contexts.
Infectious disease modeling
Patient outcomes and Infection Fatality Ratios
Economic implications of the pandemic
Effects of public health mitigation strategies
Public policies to mitigate consequences of the pandemic
Social epidemiology and disparities in incidence, morbidity and mortality
Psychological and mental health ramifications of pandemic
Vaccine rollout strategies, uptake and hesitancy
Social media, misinformation and conspiracy theories surrounding COVID-19
Our Team: The majority of our volunteer team are MPH and PhD students across the social sciences and humanities. While our volunteers have a range of research backgrounds, the most important skill for this domain is an interest and capacity to critically assess the implications of research and how topics fit into the broader (social and epidemiological) dynamics of the pandemic and ongoing public conversation.