Addressing disorder in scholarly communication: Strategies from NISO plus 2021

Michele Avissar-Whiting, Caitlin Bakker, Hannah Heckner, Sylvain Massip, Jodi Schneider, Randy Townsend, Nathan D. Woods

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Open science and preprints have invited a larger audience of readers, especially during the pandemic. Consequently, communicating the limitations and uncertainties of research to a broader public has become important over the entire information lifecycle. This paper brings together reports from the NISO Plus 2021 conference session “Misinformation and truth: from fake news to retractions to preprints”. We discuss the validation and verification of scientific information at the preprint stage in order to support sound and open science standards, at the publication stage in order to limit the spread of retracted research, and after publication, to fight fake news about health-related research by mining open access content.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-121
Number of pages15
JournalInformation Services and Use
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
reducing the inadvertent spread of retracted science. Our work, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, started with four motivating questions:

Funding Information:
Kudos to the NISO Plus 2021 Team for anticipating the synergies of these topics! RISRS funding: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation G-2020-12623. Thanks to Katherine Howell for reference wrangling.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 - The authors. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (CC BY-NC 4.0).


  • COVID-19
  • NISO Plus 2021
  • Open access
  • Preprints
  • Retraction
  • Scholarly communication
  • Scientific fact-checking


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