WikiJournal of Medicine/About
WikiJournal of Medicine
Since: March 2014
Funding: Wikimedia Foundation
Publisher: WikiJournal User Group
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Aims and scope
The journal has two goals. Its main objective is to gather and provide free access to high-quality, peer reviewed medical knowledge. Secondarily, it also aims to use such knowledge to improve Wikipedia articles, or Wikimedia Foundation projects.
Therefore, the journal publishes both original research, and review articles in various formats. WikiJournal enables academic and medical professionals to contribute expert knowledge to the Wikimedia movement in the academic publishing format that directly rewards them with citable publications. The journal is Crossref registered and the included works are assigned DOI codes (permanent links to each work) alongside being indexed by Google Scholar and Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Any work that is then included in Wikipedia is cited by the encyclopaedia, so that readers can find the peer-reviewed PDF.
The journal targets a broad population spanning from advanced researchers and clinicians 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 medical 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 Medicine 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.
WikiJournal of Medicine abides by several journal guidelines:
- ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication: 
- COPE code of conduct for journal editors: 
- Budapest Open Access Initiative recommendations: 
- More detailed updates are located at Talk:Wikijournal of Medicine
Part of the WikiJournal Publishing Group
- 2004-07-05: Proposal of "Wiki Scholarly Journals", where articles undergo peer review
- 2009-09-12: Proposal:Journal, a structured proposal for creating a journal as a Wikimedia project
- 2010-09-28: Core criteria for a journal are described in Wikiversity
- 2011-01-22: A diagram of hormone levels throughout the menstrual cycle, that would later become the first WikiJournal article, is uploaded
- 2012-09-11: First official external peer review performed on a pilot study
- 2013-12-11: The diagram of hormone levels is peer reviewed
- 2014-03-25: Wikiversity Journal is officially created by Mikael Häggström, with Wikiversity Journal of Medicine becoming the first member journal
- 2014-03-28: The journal is registered by the National Library of Sweden and is assigned an ISSN
- 2014-04-12: Articles are assigned DOI codes by Crossref
- 2015-01-12: The first editorial board is formed, with members Dr James Heilman (former president of WikiProject Medicine Foundation and ex-member of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees), Gwinyai Masukume, Lisa Kipersztok and Mikael Häggström
- 2016-02-08: Inspired by the newly created WikiJournal of Science, the journal expands accepted forms of submissions to include any medical Wikipedia content
- 2016-06-01: The project is accepted as a Wikimedia user group
- 2016-07: Major layout and formatting update by Thomas Shafee
- 2016-09-07: Wikiversity Journal is renamed to become WikiJournal
- 2016-09-29: Listing in the Directory of Open Access Journals
- 2016-11-30: Registration as a non-profit organization in Sweden
- 2017-01-04: Requirement of peer review of at least 2 independent medical experts for all publications
- 2017-03-17: The authorship declaration form was implemented, replacing the previous submission letter
- 2017-12-11: Indexed in ScienceOpen
This page is also available in Swedish
- Talk:WikiJournal of Medicine for updates about the journal