This blog series shares highlights from our new report: Reading and Publishing during a pandemic. In this post, discover publishing trends we saw during 2020 and 2021, and download your free copy of the report today for insights into the priorities of and problems faced by your library users.
In our previous post, we asked whether the disruptions caused by COVID-19 impacted journal readership. Some answers to that question can be found in our report, Reading and publishing during a pandemic. The report also reveals fascinating insights into what researchers were publishing over the last two years.
Like many publishers, we saw a rise in submissions during the pandemic. Was the spread of COVID-19 directly providing new material, as researchers rushed to understand how the virus spread and how it could be treated and prevented? Or was the increase in submissions a case of researchers in all fields – many of which found themselves working outside of their labs and lecture halls – having more time to write up and submit their most recent findings?
We’ve mined the data from our publishing platform, Taylor & Francis Online, to find out:
The data reveals:
To find out to what extent COVID-related articles fuelled the growth in submissions, we looked at year-on-year excess growth in the second quarter of 2020. The table below shows the broad subject categories that saw the most significant growth in submissions, along with the percentage of submissions during the period on COVID themes.
Researchers working in areas that could help with the response to COVID-19 certainly rose to the challenge. We understood how the virus worked and had vaccines and cures much faster than many expected. But these figures also demonstrate vital work of researchers continued in so many other fields of study. More than ever, researchers wanted to share their discoveries with their peers, to help foster human progress.
Find out more in the report, including what research was being discussed, publishing trends, and search habits