Chair of COVID Subcommittee Requests Testimony from Leading Science Journal Editors Regarding Their Relationship with Federal Government

Academic Malpractice Investigation: The House Examines the Government’s Role in COVID-19 Science Publication

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, chaired by Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), is examining the relationship between scientific journals and the federal government in light of concerns about inappropriate access to the publishing process. In a series of letters sent to The Lancet, Science, and Nature, Wenstrup requested testimony from the editors of these publications to shed light on their interactions with government officials.

The subcommittee’s hearing titled “Academic Malpractice: Examining the Relationship Between Scientific Journals, the Government, and Peer Review” is set for April 16. In his letters, Wenstrup raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest that could arise from direct communication between top White House health officials like Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins and these journals. He did not specify any specific reports or studies related to COVID-19 that he was referring to.

A search of these journals’ websites yielded nearly 19,000 research articles related to COVID-19. The Hill has reached out to these journals for comment on Wenstrup’s allegations and their interactions with government officials during the pandemic.

Earlier this year, Anthony Fauci participated in two days of closed-door interviews with the subcommittee as part of its ongoing investigation into various aspects of the COVID-19 crisis. Copyright 2024 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.

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