WikiJournal of Medicine/About
WikiJournal of Medicine
Since: March 2014
Funding: Wikimedia Foundation
Publisher: WikiJournal User Group
Official location: USA
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WikiJournal of Medicine is an ISSN-registered, peer reviewed, open access journal in medicine and biomedicine 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 academic and medical professionals 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) and are indexed by Scholar, DOAJ and others.
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.
The publication ethics statement of the WikiJournal of Medicine abides by several international guidelines:
- ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication: 
- COPE code of conduct for journal editors: 
- Budapest Open Access Initiative recommendations: 
Indexing and impact
The journal is currently indexed in the following databasesː
- Google Scholar
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
- Informit, including archiving of published articles
The journal prioritises diverse impact across a range of metrics, such as its AltMetric score, in addition to traditional Impact Factor (Not yet assigned by Web of Science; unofficial estimation here). Additionally high reach is achieved for those articles integrated into Wikipedia in full or in part.
- More detailed updates are located at the discussion page
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
- 2018-02-21: Formal ethics statement ratified
- 2018-07-06: The journal is accepted as a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
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