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Leader: Tim Gillett Learning curve.

Looking back at the leader column for the previous issue of Research Information, much of the world--and the scholarly communications industry--was getting used to the concept of Covid 19, but nobody seemed sure just how (and how seriously) it would affect us all.

Two months on and we've learned new ways of working and communicating but we've still managed to put together a decent magazine for you! Of course, there's plenty of Covid-19-related material; not least four pages of news about industry players stepping up to the plate to launch new resources, revamping old ones--and bringing down barriers in order to enable access to, and to disseminate, crucial information regarding the pandemic.

There are several analysis pieces related directly to the outbreak: on page 18 there's a report from Rossana Morriello on initiatives in Italian universities; on page 20 Mark Carden ponders over the long-term implications for the industry; and on page 28 Richard Gallagher tells us of Annual Reviews' efforts to introduce new readers to science, not least that relating to the pandemic.

Our main feature by Rebecca Pool is all around the subject of metrics and the need to put into context any measurement relating to citation data or other impacts of scholarly research. There's also a fascinating interview with Mark Gross, president of Data Conversion Laboratory.

Until next time, stay safe and well.

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Date:Jun 1, 2020
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