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WikiJournal of Medicine
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WikiJournal of Medicine

An open access journal with no publication costs – About

ISSN: 2002-4436
Frequency: Continuous

Since: March 2014
Funding: Wikimedia Foundation
Publisher: WikiJournal User Group
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09-27: Prizes introduced for best articles in 2017
08-31: Renamed to WikiJournal of Medicine
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Best article Prize

All articles of any format submitted during 2017 are eligible for a competition with prizes of US $200, $100, and $50 (see details here)

Table of contents:

WikiJournal of Medicine is an ISSN-registered, peer reviewed, open access journal in medicine and biomedicine published completely free of charge. The journal is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, the same organization that runs Wikipedia. Images and text from articles published in WikiJournal of Medicine are integrated into Wikipedia articles, whose vast readership results in a high effective impact of included works. Wikipedia is, after all, the 6th most visited site in the world,[1] and it is estimated that 50% to 70% of physicians use it as a source of health care information.[2] For example, each image included in a WikiJournal of Medicine article gets an average of 50,000 views per month from Wikipedia readers.[note 1] Published works are indexed for search in Google Scholar.


The criteria for inclusion in WikiJournal of Medicine are as follows:

The journal is currently particularly encouraging submission of articles containing media (such as one or more images) that can be regarded to be of benefit to Wikipedia articles, or other Wikimedia projects.


Publication formats


Original research

Original research on any medical or biomedical topic can be submitted. Such papers follow the standard Introduction, Results, Discussion, Methods format, with any relevant ethics approval. Publication of supplementary data sets is encouraged.

Case study

The journal publishes medical case studies, typically of a patient, but also of significant events, decisions, projects, or policies. Written Informed consent is required from all subjects of case studies.


These reviews focus on a specific topic in detail, drawing together and summarising published information. Sections of these may be integrated in relevant specialist Wikipedia articles.


These articles are broad summaries of an entire topic written in an encyclopedic tone, and follow Wikipedia's guidelines for appropriate sources in medical articles. They are commonly uploaded to Wikipedia after publication. They can also be re-writes, expansions or improvements of existing important Wikipedia articles.


These articles are short reviews centered around one or more key figures. This can be medical photography, imaging, a diagram, schematic, video or animation. The article gives relevant background and explains the image and acts as an extended figure legend. Media files may require further editing after peer review. For videos, it is recommended to attach an exact transcript of the dialogue such as by timed text.

General guidelines

  • Author(s) should be given by real name(s), with contact detailed for at least one corresponding author. Roles of individual authors may be described, such as by using “CRediT” taxonomy
  • ORCID iDs should be used wherever possible, especially to disambiguate author identity.
  • Submitted works may include up to 6 keywords
  • Images should be in high resolution, preferably of any of the following file types: svg, jpg, png, bmp or tif. If possible, their information should be conveyed even after printing the article in black-and-white. Preferably, each image should be numbered as "Image 1" etc.
  • Usage of hyperlinks are encouraged, including interwiki links such as [[wikipedia:Thorax|chest]] to link to the Wikipedia article Thorax (while rendering it as chest online).
  • It is generally recommended to include both an abstract and a plain language summary.
  • References should preferably use one of the Template:Cite format when written in the wiki.
  • 3-5 peer reviewers with appropriate expertise to assess the work (see criteria) should be recommended.

Post-publication revision

  • Minor edits, such as spelling errors, minor grammatical errors and inconsistencies in reference formatting, can be corrected after publication by the authors or editors.
  • Major changes or additions to content after publication are acceptable, but require a new round of peer review before acceptance.
  • 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.

Attribution of creative commons material

Content drawn from Wikipedia or its sister projects must list all contributors as co-authors. This is done by naming the main contributors to the article as normal, and including an "et. al." link to the full contributor list, which may point to a list generated by Xtools or the article history page. Images not created by the authors should be attributed with name and license in the legend, such as:
Nrets, GNU Free Documentation License Version 1.2, CC-BY-SA 3.0

Informed consent

For case studies, and in any work where a patient may be identified, authors need to assert that a written informed consent was received and that the patient has been shown the personal details that are to be published. The informed consent should include:

  • Specifics about what material will be published.
  • An agreement to the online publication of the material.
  • Signature

Example of written consent to be presented to a subject of a media-based work:

I agree that images (or other file format) of my medical condition can be used for scientific publication in an online medical journal. This publication may also include approximate age, sex and relevant current diseases. Otherwise, the publication will limit usage of identifiable information. No name or unique identifier will be mentioned in the publication.

Signature: ____________________________________________

Print name : ____________________________________________

Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest includes any payment or services from a commercial, private or governmental third party (e.g. grants, data monitoring boards, study design, manuscript preparation, or statistical analysis). For grants received for work outside the submitted work, disclosure is only required for entities that could be perceived to be affected financially by the published work, such as drug companies, or foundations supported by entities that with possible financial stake in the outcome. Any involvement in WikiJournal should also be disclosed. Disclosure is not required for public funding sources, such as government agencies, charitable foundations or academic institutions.

Further reading

WikiJournal of Medicine follows the ICMJE Recommendations on Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication (Guidelines), and its guidelines are recommended for manuscript layout. General reporting guidelines for various types of scientific works are also provided by the EQUATOR Network (Guidelines).

The journal also welcomes translations of submitted works.


The preferred method of submitting a work is to write the article as public pre-print in the journal.

Step 1:

Step 2:
Edit the top of your preprint to select whether you wish to submit to the WikiJournal of Medicine, WikiJournal of Science, or WikiJournal of Humanities.

Step 3:
Submit authorship declaration form

This process allows for an open discussion about the article pre-print even before inclusion in the journal, resulting in faster and more comprehensive processing. However, please note that such pre-prints may make the work ineligible for re-submission to some other journals in the future. If you want to keep your submission confidential, please attach the work in an email to

You are also welcome to email for pre-submission enquiries or other issues with submission.


  1. Manuscript submitted
    • As pre-print (public)
    • By email (confidential)
  2. Authors may specify journal, or allow editorial boards to decide which is most suitable (approx. 1 week)
  3. Expert peer reviewers contacted by editorial board for assessment of article (approx. 2 months)
    • Reviewers recommend: Accept / Revise / Decline
    • Journal editors and peer reviewers will make recommendations and direct wording suggestions but authors have final choice over wording
    • Peer review is public, but reviewers may choose to be anonymous
  4. Authors address reviewer comments if applicable
  5. Publication of stable PDF and editable Wiki page, as well as all reviewer and editor comments
    • To speed up the process, authors are welcome to create PDF files of their work themselves, according to formatting guidelines for PDF files (PDFs are emailed to for review)
    • Multilingual authors are welcome to submit translations of accepted articles in any supported language
  6. Suitable material is integrated into Wikipedia, either by authors or Wikipedia editors
  7. Post-publication review can occur at any time
    • Authors should add their articles to their watchlists to be notified or comments
    • Authors are encouraged, but not required, to discuss any criticism and can edit or update the submission if appropriate
  8. Post-publication edits can occur at any time
    • Authors may make minor edits to the online version, but the PDF will not be updated
    • Authors may propose major edits, improvements, or edits. This will trigger a new round of peer review (of the changes only) and a new PDF version

Increase readership

After publication, authors are encouraged to self-archive their works. PDF files, when available, may be uploaded to for example

The following content from WikiJournal of Medicine publications can be integrated into Wikipedia:

Before PubMed indexing, WikiJournal of Medicine articles should not themselves be used as references in Wikipedia articles.

Prize details

All articles submitted in 2017 regardless of format are eligible for the prizes. Articles will be decided by a panel of external judges. First prize will be $200, second prize will be $100, third prize will be $50 (all in US dollars). Articles will be judged on scientific content, readability and value to the general public (Note: Wiki.J.Med editorial board members ineligible). Deadlines (dates have been postponed since original introduction):

31st December 2017: end of eligibility for submissions
1st March 2018: articles must have passed peer review
31st March 2018: prizes announced


  1. Detailed view count calculation is located at WikiJournal of Medicine/Image view count
  2. The scope of this journal includes biomedicine and medical humanities. For veterinary articles, please submit to WikiJournal of Science.