WikiJournal of Science/About
WikiJournal of Science
Since: December 2017
Funding: Wikimedia Foundation
Publisher: WikiJournal User Group
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WikiJournal of Science is an ISSN-registered, peer reviewed, open access journal in science, technology, engineering and mathematics 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 research 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).
The journal targets a broad population spanning from advanced researchers and professionals 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".
Article submissions are peer reviewed by at least two experts. Then the editorial board decides whether to publish the article in the journal. The journal emphasises transparency throughout the process, from peer reviews to final versions: all versions are freely accessible online.
The journal is able to offer its services for free, thanks to support from the Wikimedia Foundation, and to fully volunteer peer reviewers, editors and editorial board members. WikiJournal of Science is 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 Science 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: 
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
- Electronic Journals Library
- Scholia (via WikiData)
The journal is also listed in:
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.
- 2016-01-09: Journal is initially created by Guy Vandegrift as First Journal of Science
- 2016-01-09: Mikael Häggström joins the initial board.
- 2016-01-13: ISSN registered.
- 2016-01-13: Announcements made at WikiProject Medicine and WikiProject Science
- 2016-01-21: Journal renamed to Second Journal of Science
- 2016-01-31: The experimental zeroth issue contains this editorial
- 2016-12-12: Journal renamed to WikiJournal of Science, in line with WikiJournal of Medicine, and Felipe Schenone becomes editor-in-chief
- 2017-08-28: Thomas Shafee becomes editor-in-chief
- 2017-10: Major layout and formatting update by Thomas Shafee
- 2018-11: Expansion of the editorial board
- 2017-11-19: Formal bylaws ratified
- 2018-02-21: Formal ethics statement ratified
- 2018-06-01: The first issue is published
- 2019: Winner of the Open Publishing Awards (open publishing model category)