WikiJournal of Humanities/About
WikiJournal of Humanities
Since: December 2017
Funding: Wikimedia Foundation
Publisher: WikiJournal User Group
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WikiJournal of Humanities is a peer reviewed, open access journal in the humanities, arts, and social sciences published free of charge. The journal is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, the same organization that runs Wikipedia. Articles that pass peer-review are published as a citeable, indexed PDF, and suitable text and images are integrated into Wikipedia and related projects (with a link to the indexed PDF). The vast readership of Wikipedia results in a high effective impact of included works.
The journal publishes both review articles and original research in various formats. WikiJournals enable academics to contribute expert knowledge to the Wikimedia movement in the academic publishing format that directly rewards them with citable publications. Included works are assigned DOI codes (permanent links to each work via Crossref).
The journal targets a broad population spanning from advanced researchers and professionals to students and laypersons, wherein the latter can get quick explanations of advanced terms by in-line links to Wikipedia.
Unique publication features
Free to publish
All accepted articles are published in two forms:
- An editable "wiki" version, hosted using MediaWiki software by the Wikimedia Foundation
- A stable PDF version, which is the cite-able "version of record"
Before inclusion in the journal, article submissions are peer reviewed by at least two recognized experts. The quality of the peer reviews is weighted in when the editorial board makes final decision on including the article in the journal. The journal emphasises transparency throughout the process, from peer reviews to final version and all versions are freely accessible online.
The journal offers its services for free by donations to the Wikimedia Foundation and fully volunteer peer reviewers, editors and editorial board members. WikiJournal of Humanities is part of the WikiJournal Publishing Group, which is also the formal publisher of the journal.
Anyone may edit journal pages, but only minor edits to accepted journal articles (e.g. spelling) are permitted. Any edits that change the content of a published article require an additional round of peer-review, and if accepted, are published in an updated version of the page. Suggestions for updates of the main text of published articles may be created as separate drafts that are re-submitted to undergo peer review before being used to update the article.All articles are open to post-publication peer review, and edit suggestions can be added at the "Discuss" tab at the top of each page.