WikiJournal of Medicine/Applications/Free Journal Network

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WikiJMed FJN application
AppliedNovember 2021
DeclinedJanuary 2022

WikiJSci applied for the Free Journal Network back in 2019 (application). It was unsuccessful due to "the nonstandard nature of the editorial board and the relatively small amount of original research are definite concerns for the more traditional members" (FJN membership criteria).

Since WikiJMed has a >50% ratio of original research in 2020 and 2021, it may be better suited to this criterion. Therefore, below is the application.

Application[edit | edit source]

Application page

  1. Fair Open Access Principles (List all URLs on the journal website needed for us to check that the journal satisfies all 5 of the Fair Open Access Principles)
  2. CC licence (Enter URL on journal website showing that CC licence is offered.)
  3. Quality assurance/peer review (Check the boxes if and only if your journal satisfies them - otherwise, please come back when it does.)
  4. Publication ethics (Enter URL on journal website showing statement of publication ethics.)
  5. Various criteria (Check the boxes if and only if your journal satisfies them - otherwise, please come back when it does.)
    YesYEach published article has an English title and abstract.
    YesYHave been in existence for at least 12 months and published 5 papers in the last 12 months, or have been in existence for at least 6 months and published at least 10 papers in the last 6 months.
    YesY Agree to clearly display membership of FJN on the journal website.
    YesY Agree to supply a representative to join and participate actively in the online FJN Gitlab forum.
  6. Any Further comments (Please enter any information about the history, ownership, etc of the journal that will enable us to make a decision more easily.)
    Please find above the application of the WikiJournal of Medicine.
    Our sister journal (WikiJournal of Science) previously applied in ":2019. It's application was decline since its output was mainly review articles.
    The WikiJournal of Medicine currently publishes >50% original research articles (the remainder being reviews). We therefore believe that we comply with the soft criterion: 'dealing with original research as understood by the steering committee'.
    WikiJMed is the flagship journal of the WikiJournal User Group (See Open Publishing award 2019 Its publications ethics have been audited by COPE and it is SCOPUS, Pubmed and DOAJ indexed (WoS application under consideration).
    In addition to publishing original research articles, it also encourages submission of content that could be valuable to Wikipedia or other Wikimedia sister projects. Finally, its treats Wikipedia as a valid preprint source, and so articles initially written there are eligible for submission to the same peer review pipeline.

Response[edit | edit source]

The response from the FJN regarding WikiJournals is:

"After a thorough review by a solicited referee, we have decided not to accept this application. For better or worse, it is not recognized by us as an established scholarly journal. We agree strongly with the idea of innovation in the journal system, but this goes too far for us at present. I can imagine this situation changing in future, and encourage you to apply again no earlier than 2 years from now if you feel the case for acceptance has become stronger."

The situation is therefore similar to the previous WikiJSci application in that a greater portfolio and reputation would be needed to overcome how different the model currently is. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 23:20, 4 January 2022 (UTC)