Chair of COVID subcommittee requests testimony from leading science journal editors on their connection with the federal government

Scientific Integrity in the Age of COVID-19: Investigating the Relationships Between Journals, Government and Peer Review

Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), chair of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, has requested testimony from the editors of three major science journals regarding their relationship with the federal government. He sent letters to the editors-in-chief of The Lancet, Science, and Nature science journals asking them to testify at a hearing scheduled for April 16. The hearing will focus on the topic of “Academic Malpractice: Examining the Relationship Between Scientific Journals, the Government, and Peer Review.”

In his letters, Wenstrup expressed concern over the possibility of these journals granting the federal government inappropriate access into the scientific review or publishing process. He referenced Freedom of Information Act requests that showed these journals had been in contact with top White House health officials like Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins. However, Wenstrup did not provide specific reports or studies in his letters to the editors-in-chief.

A search for research articles related to COVID-19 on the websites of the three science journals yielded nearly 19,000 results. The Hill reached out to The Lancet, Science, and Nature for comment on the matter.

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