WikiJournal of Science/Editorial board
WikiJournal of Science
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.
Thomas Shafee MA PhD(Cantab) ( ) Editor-in-chief
Biochemistry, genetics, bioinformatics, evolutionDr 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.
Computer science, programming
W. Brian Whalley BSc(Leicester), PhD(Cantab)
Geomorphology (general), glacial geology, sediments, weathering processes, education+pedagogy
Markus Pössel PhD(Hamburg & Max Planc grav. phys.) ()
Astrophysics, astronomy, general relativity
Ian Alexander MA(Cantab), MSc(Imperial) ()
Requirements engineering, biology, history and philosophy of biology
Florian Weller MSc(Munich), PhD(Otago)
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)
Marc Robinson-Rechavi PhD ()
Molecular evolution, bioinformatics, genomics
Daniele Pugliesi MEng Chemical Engineering, Master in QHSE Management Systems ()
Chemical engineering, process engineering
Sylvain Ribault PhD ()
Melanie Stefan MSc(Salzburg), MSc(Open Uni.), PhD(EMBL-EBI, Cantab) ()
Computational biology, biochemistry, neurobiology, statistics
Jack Nunn BA (Hons), PhD Candidate ()
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 ()
Plant Physiology of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
Guy vandegrift PhD () Founder
Physics, engineering, mathematics
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
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 wjsboardgooglegroups.com (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
Editorial board members may also opt to include themselves in the mailing list about matters related to the overall WikiJournal organization at https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikijournal-en. 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
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 WikiJSci.org 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
If you are interested in becoming an editorial board member, you need to abide by the following:
- You should be willing to have your full name displayed online as seen in the list of editorial board members. Affiliations should be stated as well.
- You should be familiar with the purpose and structure of the journal, as well as its Bylaws. It is also recommended to be familiar with external guidelines by which the journal abides:
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.
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