, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 4–6 | Cite as

Response to “Prepublication Communication of Research Results”: The Need for a Coordinated Wildlife Disease Surveillance Laboratory Network

  • Jonathan M. SleemanEmail author
  • David S. Blehert
  • Katherine L. D. Richgels
  • C. LeAnn White

In “Prepublication Communication of Research Results”, Adams et al. (2018) outline the importance of timeliness in providing scientific results with consequential implications for wildlife management to responsible government agencies. The authors discuss various impediments to sharing of scientific results and provide well-reasoned arguments why scientists should not fear that sharing these results with wildlife management agencies will preclude their ability to subsequently publish this information in the peer-reviewed literature.

In fact, there are some interesting examples of researchers providing near real-time results for important scientific studies on emerging diseases for which information is often lacking. For example, researchers released the results of a Zika virus infection trial in primates in near real time as the experiments were ongoing in recognition of the public health crisis at that time (Butler 2016). Providing scientific data in near real time can greatly assist...



We thank Dr. Patrice N Klein for helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan M. Sleeman
    • 1
    Email author
  • David S. Blehert
    • 1
  • Katherine L. D. Richgels
    • 1
  • C. LeAnn White
    • 1
  1. 1.USGS, National Wildlife Health CenterMadisonUSA

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