WikiJournal of Science/Applications/Free Journal Network

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Free Journal Network[edit | edit source]

WikiJournals look like good candidates to the Free Journal Network. I would be happy to nominate them if this was not done already. Joining the network would involve displaying membership on the journals' homepages. Sylvain Ribault (discusscontribs) 21:44, 23 July 2018 (UTC)

I'd support this idea. It looks like a useful network of OA journals with no APF. I found a blog post about their aims here. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 23:46, 23 July 2018 (UTC)
OK, I nominated the three WikiJournals. If the network is interested they will invite us and we will have to decide whether to join. Sylvain Ribault (discusscontribs) 19:53, 24 July 2018 (UTC)
Sylvain Ribault: Greatly appreciated. Diptanshu 💬 06:55, 9 August 2018 (UTC)

Application of WikiJSci for 2019[edit | edit source]

Deadline = 31 Dec. We will decide in December whether to apply or postpone until next year.

We have to check that WikiJSci fulfills the 'hard criteria':

  1. YesYsatisfy all 5 Fair Open Access Principles
    • YesY The journal has a transparent ownership structure, and is controlled by and responsive to the scholarly community; The journal is hosted by the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation (within the Wikiversity project) and is published by the WikiJournal User Group. Open editorial board applications, EiC elected by board vote.
    • YesY Authors of articles in the journal retain copyright; Yes, if they have the copyright to start with. (We also accept submissions of Wikipedia content under CC-BY-SA)
    • YesY All articles are published open access and an explicit open access licence is used; CC-BY default, authors choice of
    • YesY Submission and publication is not conditional in any way on the payment of a fee from the author or its employing institution, or on membership of an institution or society; No fees whatsoever
    • YesY Any fees paid on behalf of the journal to publishers are low, transparent, and in proportion to the work carried out; No fees whatsoever
  2. YesYhave an ISSN; 2470-6345
  3. YesYhave an explicit and transparent quality assurance policy for published articles; Editorial guidelines and Public peer reviews
  4. YesYhave an explicit policy on publication ethics; Ethics Statement
  5. YesYoffer the choice of a CC licence to authors for each published article; Default CC-BY, with choice of Wikipedia-compatible OA licenses, Info for authors
  6. YesYinclude a title and abstract in English for each published article; Yes, for both HTML and PDF versions
  7. YesYhave a website that clearly lists all information required for FJN to determine whether the criteria above are satisfied; Combination of Ethics Statement, Editorial guidelines, and About page
  8. 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; WikiJSci now eligible, as well as WikiJMed

Additional 'soft criteria'

  1. YesYinternational nature of editorial board and authors; Highly multinational board and authors
  2. YesYmembership of DOAJ, SciElo, etc, or indexing by Scopus, etc; Indexed by DOAJ, GScholar and Informit. Scopus application in progress
  3. YesYdealing with original research as understood by the steering committee; Mostly focussed on review articles, however able to process original research as per Ethics Statement and Public peer guidelines

Fair Open Access Alliance[edit | edit source]

@Mikael Häggström, Evolution and evolvability, and Fransplace: I would request you to apply to apply to join The Fair Open Access Alliance by emailing them. This would further qualify the WikiJournals to qualify for membership of Free Journal Network for which @Sylvain Ribault: has already placed a nomination as mentioned here although the list of journals under consideration does not reveal our entry. Requesting you to set your timelines to early 2019 for a fresh application or follow-up communication with them. Diptanshu 💬 18:30, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

Forgot to make a note here earlier. I contacted in Dec 2018. They notified me that their work is for converting subscription journals over to Fair Open Access, and that FJN ( is the relevant place for OA journals to apply. This is useful in at least focussing us back on on prepping an application for FJN since WikiJSci now hits the minimum existence and publication number requirements. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 00:53, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
The response from the FJN regarding WikiJournals is:
"I will have to decline for 2019, but this does not prevent you from reapplying in future. It is too early for us to tell how this journal will turn out: the nonstandard nature of the editorial board and the relatively small amount of original research are definite concerns for the more traditional members."
Reposed with permission. So we may reapply as the journals continue to grow, but it may be quite dependent on number of original research articles, which is currently not a focus of the journals. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 20:00, 10 August 2019 (UTC)