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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Overview of databases, reference works and websites for research on the coronavirus

On March 13, 2020, the National Science and Technology Advisors from a dozen countries, including the United States, called on publishers to voluntarily agree to make their COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications, and the available data supporting them, immediately accessible in one place. Many publishers responded to the call to make their coronavirus-related articles discoverable and accessible through PubMed Central, and facilitate text mining and secondary analysis through machine-readable formats and licenses.

Almost all major publishers joined the effort, among them ACS, BMJ, Cambridge University Press, Cell Press, Elsevier, EMBO, The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, Springer Nature, Science, Taylor and Francis, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has created a dataset with all literature on COVID-19 for text and data mining. The dataset will be updated weekly. There is also a number of research questions posed on Kaggle – a platform for code challenges – to get researchers started with the dataset.

The preprint servers Biorxiv and Medrxiv also work together to disseminate research output as quickly as possible. Please keep in mind that this research has not yet been evaluated by peer review and should not be used for clinical guidelines. However, it does provide insight into the current research and provides valuable information for researchers with good background knowledge of the subject and research methodologies.


Patient care


  • The Lens - The Lens has assembled free and open datasets of patent documents, scholarly research works metadata and biological sequences from patents, and deposited them in a machine-readable and explorable form.
  • Living evidence on COVID-19 – an automatic systematic review of current literature of coronavirus articles
  • NIH - news and resources from the National Institutes of Health.
  • ReadCube – The Readcube platform for buying and renting scholarly articles from several major publishers (Springer/Nature/Wiley/JAMA), has free passes available for researchers working on topics related to the coronavirus. The pass also provides access to amongst others to database Dimensions and an API for data and text mining.
  • RefBin – a tool to share notes on articles with other researchers and see what is new in your field, has created a specific stream for corona related articles.
  • Researcher.life – Cactus Life Sciences has used its AI platform and human editors to curate a collection of articles on the coronavirus.

Public health

  • CDC - Information and guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • JoVE - protocols for coronavirus-related analysis
  • GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network (new users have to register)

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