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Life and Work of Researchers Trapped in the COVID-19 Pandemic Vicious Cycle

Ghaffarizadeh, S. Aryan and Ghaffarizadeh, S. Arman and Behbahani, Amir H. and Mehdizadeh, Mohammad and Olechowski, Alison (2021) Life and Work of Researchers Trapped in the COVID-19 Pandemic Vicious Cycle. . (Unpublished)

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COVID-19 has disrupted researchers' work and posed challenges to their life routines. We have surveyed 740 researchers of which, 66% experienced a decrease in productivity, 50% indicated increased workload, and 66% reported they have been feeling internal pressure to make progress. Ones whose research required physical presence in a lab or the field experienced considerable disruption and productivity decrease. About 82% of this group will try to permanently reduce their work dependency on physical presence. Parents and those taking care of vulnerable members have been spending less time on research due to their role conflict. We also observed a gender gap in the overall disruption consequences; more female researchers have been experiencing a reduction in productivity and external pressure to make progress. The results of this study could help institution leaders and policymakers to better understand the challenges of the research community and take appropriate measures to instill long-term solutions.

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Ghaffarizadeh, S. Arman0000-0002-6894-074X
Behbahani, Amir H.0000-0001-5603-6887
Olechowski, Alison0000-0001-5557-654X
Additional Information:The copyright holder for this preprint is the author/funder, who has granted bioRxiv a license to display the preprint in perpetuity. It is made available under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 International license. This version posted February 3, 2021. Author contributions: S.Aryan.G, S.Arman.G, AHB, and MM, designed the survey under the supervision of AO. S.Aryan.G analyzed and interpreted results. S.Aryan.G and S.Arman.G wrote the initial draft of the manuscript and all authors revised and edited the manuscript. We have no competing interest to declare.
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Official Citation:Life and Work of Researchers Trapped in the COVID-19 Pandemic Vicious Cycle. S. Aryan Ghaffarizadeh, S. Arman Ghaffarizadeh, Amir H. Behbahani, Mohammad Mehdizadeh, Alison Olechowski. bioRxiv 2021.02.02.429476; doi:
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:03 Feb 2021 23:42
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