WikiJournal of Humanities/Editorial board

From Wikiversity
Jump to: navigation, search

WikiJournal of Humanities logo.svg

WikiJournal of Humanities
Open access • Publication charge free • Public peer review

WikiJournal of Humanities is an open-access, free-to-publish, Wikipedia-integrated academic journal for humanities, arts and social sciences topics. WJH WikiJHum Wiki.J.Hum. WikiJHum WikiHum WikiHumanities Wikijournal of Humanities Wikiversity Journal of Humanities WikiJournal Humanities Wikipedia Humanities Wikipedia Humanities journal Free to publish Open access Open-access Non-profit online journal Public peer review

WikiJournal of Humanities logo.svg
WikiJournal of Humanities

An open access journal with no publication costs – About

ISSN: None yet
Frequency: Continuous

Funding: Wikimedia Foundation
Publisher: WikiJournal User Group
On social media

Feed-icon.svg RSS feed
Facebook icon.svg Facebook
AIMMP@Twitter.png Twitter
Aiga mail.svg Mailing list



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

Frances Di Lauro PhD (website) Editor-in-chief[edit]

Arts, humanities, social sciences, archaeology, religion, rhetoric

Dr Frances Di Lauro completed her PhD on Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. She is currently Chair of the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Sydney.

Penny Richards PhD (website)[edit]

Women's history, historical geography, education, disability studies

Susan Barnum MLIS (website)[edit]

Library science, Women's history

Jackie Koerner PhD (website)[edit]


Education, Qualitative Research

Dr. Jackie Koerner is an independent qualitative research analyst focusing on education, bias, and relationships. She is additionally a Visiting Scholar with San Francisco State University Longmore Institute on Disability supported by the Wiki Education Foundation.

Gilles Sahut PhD (website)[edit]

Information literacy, Library and information science, Media studies, Education

Dennis C. Abrams BA JD (website)[edit]

Law and linguistics

Thomas Shafee MA PhD(Cantab) (website) Adviser[edit]

Thomas Shafee portrait 2016.jpg

Biochemistry, genetics, bioinformatics, evolution

Dr Thomas Shafee is an evolutionary biochemist at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Melbourne, Australia. He is involved bridging the Wikipedia-academia gap via dual-publishing projects with WikiJournals and PLOS.

Mikael Häggström MD (website) Adviser[edit]

Mikael Häggström 2017 (wide).jpg

Medicine, radiology

Dr Mikael Häggström graduated from Uppsala University, Faculty of Medicine, Sweden, in 2013. He is currently a resident physician at the radiology department at the NU Hospital Group. He created WikiJournal of Medicine, the first WikiJournal.


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 (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 practice, members of the editorial board have substantial communication by email, especially for confidential submissions. Public submissions can be discussed at its 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 Humanities, and/or the public Google Group of the journal through 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 Matters that are important to WikiJournal of Humanities 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[edit]

The editor-in-chief has final responsibility for all operations and policies.

The assistant to the editor-in-chief will act in place of the editor-in-chief on the event of her or 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.

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 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 abide by the confidentiality policies of the journal:

Confidentiality policies[edit]

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:

  • Humanities, arts or social sciences 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 should provide an email address for updates on matters for the editorial board (unless already having corresponded by email), by emailing editor-in-chief Felipe Schenone using this link.

Apply to the Editorial Board