WikiJournal of Science/Editorial board

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ISSN: 2470-6345
Frequency: Continuous

Funding: Wikimedia Foundation
Publisher: WikiJournal User Group
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The editorial board handles any confidential article submissions, and has final responsibility for ensuring that robust academic peer review is performed in a timely manner. Information about editorial board responsibilities, and how to apply to join the editorial board, are found below.

Editorial board members

Thomas Shafee MA PhD(Cantab) (website) Editor-in-chief [edit]

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Biochemistry, genetics, bioinformatics, evolution

Dr Thomas Shafee is an evolutionary biochemist researching antimicrobial proteins at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Melbourne, Australia. He is particularly interested in how protein superfamilies evolve and how that information can be used to engineer proteins for human uses.

Felipe Schenone (website)[edit]

Computer science, programming

Marshall Sumter PhD (website)[edit]

Physics, mathematics

W. Brian Whalley BSc(Leicester), PhD(Cantab)[edit]

Geomorphology (general), glacial geology, sediments, weathering processes, education+pedagogy

Markus Pössel PhD(Hamburg & Max Planc grav. phys.) (website)[edit]

Astrophysics, astronomy, general relativity

Ian Alexander MA(Cantab), MSc(Imperial) (website)[edit]

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Requirements engineering, biology, history and philosophy of biology

Ian Alexander is a retired systems engineer who has helped to bring over 100 Wikipedia articles on biology, and its history and philosophy, to 'Good Article' status.

Florian Weller MSc(Munich), PhD(Otago)[edit]


Zoology, conservation ecology, ecological modelling

Dr Florian Weller is an ecologist working with population models of endangered species, currently at the University of Cape Town.

Joanna Argasinska PhD(Cantab)[edit]

Molecular biology

Marc Robinson-Rechavi PhD (website)[edit]

Molecular evolution, bioinformatics, genomics

Daniele Pugliesi MEng Chemical Engineering, Master in QHSE Management Systems (website)[edit]

Chemical engineering, process engineering

Sylvain Ribault PhD (website)[edit]

Mathematical physics

Melanie Stefan MSc(Salzburg), MSc(Open Uni.), PhD(EMBL-EBI, Cantab) (website)[edit]

Computational biology, biochemistry, neurobiology, statistics

Jack Nunn BA (Hons), PhD Candidate (website)[edit]


Public involvement in research and health services, public health genomics

Jack Nunn is a researcher in the Public Health Department in the Centre for Health Communication and Participation at La Trobe University. Jack Nunn’s research area is in creating and evaluating equitable and ethical ways for people to get involved in all aspects of research and science. Jack is currently a PhD candidate exploring genomics research and ways of involving people.

Sridhar Gutam PhD (website)[edit]

Plant Physiology of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops

Guy vandegrift PhD (website) Founder[edit]

Physics, engineering, mathematics

Mikael Häggström MD (website) Adviser[edit]

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Medicine, radiology

Dr Mikael Häggström graduated from Uppsala University, Faculty of Medicine, Sweden, in 2013. He is currently a resident physician at the radiology department at the NU Hospital Group. He created WikiJournal of Medicine, the first WikiJournal.

Previous board members

Michael Umbricht


The purpose of the editorial board is to form consensus about whether to include upcoming articles in the journal, based on multiple factors such as scope, peer reviewer recommendations and utility for Wikipedia. In the same manner as Wikipedia is not a democracy, the means of decision making is discussion leading to consensus, Straw polls can be used to test for consensus, but polls or surveys can impede, rather than foster, discussion.

Editorial board members will be notified by email to (only accepting emails from board members) when an article submission is up for decision, together with whether it needs to be held strictly confidential or not. An editorial board member does not need to comment on every article submission. In addition, editorial board members should join the public group of WikiJSci to stay updated about what's going on in the project. In practice, members of the editorial board have substantial communication by email, especially for confidential submissions. Public submissions can be discussed at its their pages. Anyone may add their opinions and comments for such online discussions.

The main outcomes from inclusion discussions are:

  • Acceptance of the article
  • Rejection until there is an acceptable peer review of the article
  • Rejection until article is modified
  • Rejection outright

The editorial board also discusses and makes decisions regarding the overall operation of the journal. However, major issues that do not involve confidential matters should be discussed at the journal's public forums, at Talk:WikiJournal of Science, and/or the public Google Group of the journal through Editorial board members are encouraged to invite potential additional participants to the journal.

Editorial board members may also opt to include themselves in the mailing list about matters related to the overall WikiJournal organization at Matters that are important to WikiJournal of Science should be emailed to its own mailing list as well.

All positions in the journal are voluntary, that is, for no financial gain.

Editor-in-chief and assistant[edit]

The editor-in-chief has final responsibility for all operations and policies.

The assistant to the editor-in-chief will act in place of the editor-in-chief on the event of his resignation or incapacity.

Both the editor-in-chief and the assistant to the editor-in-chief are expected to participate in public relations of the journal, including interviews and articles when opportunities arise.

At least the editor-in-chief and the assistant to the editor-in-chief are entrusted with the journal's password to administer the journal's domain at GoDaddy. This domain needs to be renewed every other year, at a cost of approximately $30 each time. Logging into the domain's account at GoDaddy also avails for changing the email addresses included in the common email address (known by the editorial board) for updates about the journal. This site is also where redirection to another target than the current one may be done in the future.


If you are interested in becoming an editorial board member, you need to abide by the following:

  • You should abide by the confidentiality policies of the journal:

Confidentiality policies[edit]

Most authors have allowed their article submissions to WikiJournal to be open-access in the wiki from the very beginning. Still, the main requirement as a member of the editorial board is to not leak those works that authors wish to be confidential up until publication. Many journals do not accept submissions that have been in the open at any time, and thereby authors may be harmed by premature disclosure of any or all of an article submission's details. Editorial board members therefore keep such works confidential by restricting discussions about such articles in email communications or at a closed group at Google Sites, rather than talk page entries in Wikipedia or Wikiversity. Members of the editorial board must not retain such works for their personal use.


If you agree with the policies, please apply here. This should include a short summary of:

  • STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and experience
  • Wikipedia or related project experience
  • Publishing or editorial experience
  • A statement of acceptance of the policies

All fields are optional, and you do not need to have experience in every area, however some relevant experience is very useful. Upon acceptance, you should provide an email address for updates on matters for the editorial board (unless already having corresponded by email), by emailing editor-in-chief Felipe Schenone using this link.

Apply to the Editorial Board