WikiJournal of Science/About
WikiJournal of Science
Funding: Wikimedia Foundation
Publisher: WikiJournal User Group
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Aims and scope
WikiJournal of Science is a scientific journal covering all STEM topics. It is open access with no publication cost for authors. It targets a broad population spanning from advanced researchers to students and laypersons, wherein the latter can get quick explanations of advanced terms by in-line links to Wikipedia.
The journal accepts submission of original articles, as well as from any Wikimedia sister project, including abridged versions of such articles. Accepted article is published as a stable PDF, and as an editable mediawiki page. Suitable material is then integrated into Wikipedia and related projects, which are then clearly marked so that readers can find the peer-reviewed PDF.
WikiJournal enables academics and experts contribute specialist knowledge to the Wikimedia movement in the academic publishing format that directly rewards them with citable publications.
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 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.
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: 
Part of the WikiJournal Publishing Group
- 2016-01-09: Journal is initial 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 zeroth edition 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
- 2017-10: Major layout and formatting update by Thomas Shafee