OPEN ACCESS – Corona Virus

COVID-19: Exploring Causes and Cures through Literature-Based Discovery

As part of the US National Science Foundation (Award #2029673) RAPID project Corona Virus – Exploring Causes and Cures through Literature Based Discovery, this site supports the use of bibliometric and text analytic methods to help researchers understand what researchers are working on COVID-19, who are they working with and where is the research being conducted.

We have built a dashboard to navigate COVID-19 research from PubMed. This dashboard is available for public use and is updated every two weeks.

For a brief introduction to our COVID-19 Dashboard, please watch this how-to video.

State of COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials

The dashboard only addresses COVID-19 research published in PubMed. Of equal importance is the status of COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. We have partnered with BizInt Solutions to analyze US clinical trials as reported in This analysis is updated every two weeks. Click on the Bullseye Landscape for more information.

Background on the Data

The Dashboard data is based on a search query run in PubMed. Beginning with the August 26, 2020 dataset, search query limited to 2020 records only.

The search query was applied to the legacy version of the PubMed database [by shifting from “PMC’ via pull-down to “PubMed”]

  • “COVID-19” OR Coronavirus OR “Corona virus” OR “2019-nCoV” OR “SARS-CoV” OR “MERS-CoV” OR “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome” OR “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome”[1]

[1] In MEDLINE detail:  “COVID-19″[All Fields] OR (“coronavirus”[MeSH Terms] OR “coronavirus”[All Fields]) OR “Corona virus”[All Fields] OR “2019-nCoV”[All Fields] OR “SARS-CoV”[All Fields] OR “MERS-CoV”[All Fields] OR “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome”[All Fields] OR “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome”[All Fields].

The Clinical Trials search was run on using the Covid-19 search provided by

Want to Replicate the Analysis in VantagePoint?

Do you have VantagePoint and are interested in analyzing the Coronavirus Pubmed dataset on your own?

Download the current cleaned/refined PubMed coronavirus data-set ready for analysis in VantagePoint text-mining software. More information can be found here.

Interested in learning about VantagePoint? Visit to find more information or to request a trial.

You can also view research papers made by the VantagePoint community at

Prior to publication of the Dashboard, key findings of each biweekly dataset were published via a PDF Summary (LAST UPDATED JULY 29, 2020). An archive of past bi-weekly summaries can be found here.

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