WikiJournal of Medicine/Publishing
WikiJournal of Medicine
Since: March 2014
Publisher: Wikimedia Foundation
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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, and it is estimated that 50% to 70% of physicians use it as a source of health care information. 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 article is relevant to the field of medicine[note 2]
- The article content is not already submitted to a publisher that prohibits further publication
- The author(s), creator(s) and/or sole owner(s) of the exclusive copyright of the work agrees to have it published under the "Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International" license (preferably), or any Wikipedia-compatible license or multi-licensing thereof
- Potential conflicts of interests are declared (see the submission form for details)
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.
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.
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 centred around a key figure. 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 submissionswikijmed.org.
You are also welcome to email submissionswikijmed.org for pre-submission enquiries or other issues with submission.
- Manuscript submitted
- By email (confidential)
- As pre-print (public)
- Editorial board decision on article suitability (approx. 1 week)
- Peer reviewers contacted by editorial board for assessment of article (approx. 2 months)
- Reviewers recommend: Accept / Revise / Decline
Journal editors and even peer reviewers may edit the article, but authors have the choice to revert such edits.
- Reviewers recommend: Accept / Revise / Decline
- Authors address reviewer comments if applicable. The responses will be visible online unless the author disagrees to such publication.
- Publication of stable PDF and editable Wiki page, as well as all reviewer and editor comments
- Suitable material is integrated into Wikipedia
- Authors are encouraged to participate or make suggestions in this part of the process
- Authors are allowed to self-archive their works.
- 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
- 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
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
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