Coronavirus Updates: ProQuest Opens Access to Coronavirus Research Database

In News by Porter Anderson

ProQuest platform users are being given access to the company’s Coronavirus Research Database which, like several others, is pulling together and parsing COVID-19 content for fast access by researchers.

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By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

‘The Many Facets of This Disease’
The Ann Arbor-based ProQuest, which owns the American ISBN agency Bowker, is following the lead of other academic research-related services and creating a Coronavirus Research Database with content “covering all facets of COVID-19 and related infectious diseases.”

ProQuest’s Coronavirus Research Database is offered free to its existing users to help researchers save time in sourcing content relative to the coronavirus pandemic. The content is also available without charge to members of the International Association of STM Publishers. That includes Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, and the BMJ (formerly called the British Medical Journal, a peer-reviewed weekly).

Material being collated in the service includes coverage of past coronavirus outbreaks, including SARS and MERS. Full-text content in the database is available either directly from ProQuest or via links to publisher sites.

In a prepared statement, Daphne Stannard, who lectures at San Francisco State’s school of nursing, is quoted, saying, “Opening up access to materials related to COVID-19 will not only help clinicians, students, and academics, but is also crucial for nurses—one of the many groups who are under siege right now.”

And speaking for ProQuest, Chris Burghardt, vice-president for product management, says, “Whether it’s the latest medical research on how the virus is transmitted, preprints exploring new therapies to combat the virus, or editorials exploring lessons learned from prior outbreaks, faculty and students need quick and easy access to information to help them navigate this new world,

“The Coronavirus Research Database was created as a tool to help our users to find the information they need to quickly explore the many facets of this disease.”

ProQuest platform users should find that the database is accessible to them at and the work is, of course, updating as new material becomes available. A Q&A with information on the effort (updated Monday, March 31) is here.

As for its own operations during the pandemic’s threat, ProQuest reports that its services are fully operational with contingency plans in place in case of disruption.

Staffers are working remotely:

  • “We have implemented a company-wide work-from-home policy and have restricted access to our facilities. To continue to inform our company policies, we are closely monitoring guidelines from the government and health officials in the communities where our employees and customers live and work.
  • “Virtual meetings are keeping us connected with customers, colleagues and partners in a safe manner.
  • “While we’re not joining in-person events, we are hosting and attending virtual conferences to stay in touch, continue learning and share knowledge.”

As in many cases in the publishing-related fields, ProQuest writes, “The majority of our professional services are handled remotely without the need to travel to customer sites. Video- and tele-conferencing are successfully standing in for customer meetings that would normally take place onsite.”

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The world totals at this writing are 952,171 confirmed coronavirus cases, 48,320 deaths, per the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.