The present article details the publication process and the vicissitudes of three articles about SARS-CoV-2 and its related disease (COVID-19). The three articles were published one month apart between March and May 2020 . Their mediatization led French health authorities to intervene . Our article does not focus on and does not assess the scientific quality of the articles presented, but only aims to open the reflection on medical publication . Beyond the description of these three specific cases, this article raises issues about article retraction, peer-reviewing, preprints, authorship and the dissemination of scientific medical information, including through the mass media . It discusses new publishing modes and the dissemination of published information in clinical research.
Index: Authorship, COVID-19, Journal, Paternité, Peer-review, Preprint, Prépublication, Revue, Évaluation par les pairs