WikiJournal of Medicine/Editorial board
WikiJournal of Medicine
Since: March 2014
Funding: Wikimedia Foundation
Publisher: WikiJournal User Group
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The editorial board handles any confidential article submissions, and has final responsibility for ensuring that robust academic peer review is performed in a timely manner. Information about editorial board responsibilities, and how to apply to join the editorial board, are found below.
Editorial board members
Board member from: 1 January 2015
Dr Gwinyai Masukume is a medical doctor and public health researcher. His main interest is Women’s health. He is based at University College Cork, Ireland where he is pursuing research on the long-term health of Women and their children.
Dr Lisa Kipersztok is a family medicine resident at Richmond Clinic and Oregon Health & Science University, USA. She has studied public health in addition to medicine with an interest in how stress, community, and social circumstances affect health.
Board member from: 4 March 2015
Dr Diptanshu Das graduated from Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata and has a MHSc (clinical child development) from Kerala University and a level 2 masters in Child Neurology from University of Rome Tor Vergata. He has worked as a clinical research fellow at IPGMER and SSKM Hospital and currently works at private hospitals in Kolkata.
Dr Thomas Shafee is a biochemist researching antimicrobial proteins at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Melbourne, Australia. He is particularly interested in how evolutionary information can be used to improve proteins for human uses.
Board member from: 3 December 2017
PhD, Prof. Nursing
Board member from: 30 January 2018
Previous board members
Dr James Heilman is a Canadian emergency room physician. Heilman is a clinical assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine at the University of British Columbia, and the department head of emergency medicine at East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Stepped down upon appointment to the WMF Board of Trustees.
The purpose of the editorial board is to form consensus about whether to include upcoming articles in the journal, based on multiple factors such as scope, peer reviewer recommendations and utility for Wikipedia. In the same manner as Wikipedia is not a democracy, the means of decision making is discussion leading to consensus; Straw polls can be used to test for consensus, but polls or surveys can impede, rather than foster, discussion.
Editorial board members will be notified by email to wjmboardgooglegroups.com (only accepting emails from board members) when an article submission is up for decision, together with whether it needs to be held strictly confidential or not. An editorial board member does not need to comment on every article submission. In addition, editorial board members should join the public group of WikiJMed to stay updated about what's going on in the project. In practice, members of the editorial board have substantial communication by email, especially for confidential submissions. Public submissions can be discussed at their pages. Anyone may add their opinions and comments for such online discussions.
The main outcomes from inclusion discussions are:
- Acceptance of the article
- Rejection until there is an acceptable peer review of the article
- Rejection until article is modified
- Rejection outright
The editorial board also discusses and makes decisions regarding the overall operation of the journal. However, major issues that do not involve confidential matters should be discussed at the journal's public forums, at Talk:WikiJournal of Medicine, and/or the public Google Group of the journal through wijoumedgooglegroups.com. Editorial board members are encouraged to invite potential additional participants to the journal.
Editorial board members may also opt to include themselves in the mailing list about matters related to the overall WikiJournal organization at https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikijournal-en. Matters that are important to WikiJournal of Medicine should be emailed to its own mailing list as well.
All positions in the journal are voluntary, that is, for no financial gain.
Editor-in-chief and assistant
The editor-in-chief (currently Mikael Häggström, since 8 March 2015) has final responsibility for all operations and policies.
The assistant to the editor-in-chief (currently Gwinyai Masukume, since 10 October 2015) will act in place of the editor-in-chief on the event of his resignation or incapacity.
Both the editor-in-chief and the assistant to the editor-in-chief are expected to participate in public relations of the journal, including interviews and articles when opportunities arise. They are expected to invite newly elected board members to the private group at wjmboardgooglegroups.com, whose presentation page (visible to members only) contains additional information for board members.
At least the editor-in-chief and the assistant to the editor-in-chief are entrusted with the journal's password to administer the journal's WikiJMed.org domain at GoDaddy. This domain needs to be renewed every other year, at a cost of approximately $30 each time. Logging into the domain's account at GoDaddy also avails for changing the email addresses included in the common email address (known by the editorial board) for updates about the journal. This site is also where redirection to another target than the current one may be done in the future.
If you are interested in becoming an editorial board member, you need to abide by the following:
- You should be willing to have your full name displayed online as seen in the list of editorial board members. Affiliations should be stated as well.
- You should be familiar with the purpose and structure of the journal, as well as its Bylaws. It is also recommended to be familiar with external guidelines by which the journal abides:
- ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication: 
- COPE code of conduct for journal editors: 
- You should abide by the confidentiality policies of the journal:
Most authors have allowed their article submissions to WikiJournal to be open-access in the wiki from the very beginning. Still, the main requirement as a member of the editorial board is to not leak those works that authors wish to be confidential up until publication. Many journals do not accept submissions that have been in the open at any time, and thereby authors may be harmed by premature disclosure of any or all of an article submission's details. Editorial board members therefore keep such works confidential by restricting discussions about such articles in email communications or at a closed group at Google Sites, rather than talk page entries in Wikipedia or Wikiversity. Members of the editorial board must not retain such works for their personal use.
If you agree with the policies, please apply here. This should include a short summary of:
- Medical or biomedical education and experience
- Wikipedia or related project experience
- Publishing or editorial experience
- A statement of acceptance of the policies
All fields are optional, and you do not need to have experience in every area, however some relevant experience is very useful. Upon acceptance, you
- The editor-in-chief, or someone appointed by the editor-in-chief, should regularly monitor this page, and let the editorial board know about knew applications.
- The identity of the applicant should be confirmed, if not already properly evidenced. It may be done by contacting the person through an email or number from a public website. An email can for example include "Thank you for your application to join the editorial board of WikiJournal of Medicine. Please respond to this email to confirm that you were the person making this application. I will then bring the application to the editorial board for consideration.".
- Journal members may ask for clarifications or complementary information.
- The editorial board will form a consensus of whether to let the applicant join the board.
- Upon acceptance, the new editorial board member should provide an email address for updates on matters for the editorial board (unless already having corresponded by email), by emailing editor-in-chief Mikael Häggström at Editor.in.chiefWikiJMed.org.
- The new editorial board member is added to the private email group of the board, and informed of the private page only visible to board members for access codes.