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WikiJournal of Science
Open access • Publication charge free • Public peer review

WikiJournal of Science is an open-access, free-to-publish, Wikipedia-integrated academic journal for science, mathematics, engineering and technology topics. WJS WikiJSci Wiki.J.Sci. WikiJSci WikiSci WikiScience Wikiscience Wikijournal of Science Wikiversity Journal of Science WikiJournal Science Wikipedia Science Wikipedia science journal STEM Science Mathematics Engineering Technology Free to publish Open access Open-access Non-profit online journal Public peer review

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WikiJournal of Science

An open access journal with no publication costs – About

ISSN: 2470-6345
Frequency: Continuous

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 completely free of charge. The journal is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, the same organization that runs Wikipedia. Images and text from articles published in WikiJournal of Medicine are integrated into Wikipedia articles, and they may be used as references therein. The vast readership of Wikipedia results in a high effective impact of included works. Wikipedia is, after all, the 6th most visited site in the world.[1]


The criteria for inclusion in WikiJournal of Science are as follows:

The journal is currently particularly encouraging submission of articles containing media (such as one or more images) that can be regarded to be of benefit to Wikipedia articles, or other Wikimedia projects.

Publication formats

Each article published in this journal is presented in three versions:

  • The title above the abstract links to a version stored in the article's history page that cannot be changed. It is the version of the article that was accepted by the journal.
  • An editable "wiki" version, hosted using MediaWiki software by the Wikimedia Foundation
  • A stable PDF version, which is the cite-able "version of record"

Original research

Original research on any STEM topic can be submitted. Such papers follow the standard Introduction, Results, Discussion, Methods format, with any relevant ethics approval. Publication of supplementary data sets is encouraged.


These reviews focus on a specific topic in detail, drawing together and summarising published information. Sections of these may be integrated in relevant specialist Wikipedia articles.


These articles are broad summaries of an entire topic written in an encyclopedic tone, and follow Wikipedia's guidelines for appropriate sources in the sciences. They are commonly uploaded to Wikipedia after publication. They can also be re-writes, expansions or improvements of existing important Wikipedia articles.


These articles are short reviews centered around one or more key figures. This can be scientific photography, imaging, a diagram, schematic, video or animation. The article gives relevant background and explains the image and acts as an extended figure legend. Media files may require further editing after peer review. For videos, it is recommended to attach an exact transcript of the dialogue such as by timed text.

Publication guidelines


  • Author(s) should be given by real name(s), with contact detailed for at least one corresponding author. Roles of individual authors may be described, such as by using “CRediT” taxonomy
  • ORCID IDs should be used wherever possible, especially to disambiguate author identity.
  • Submitted works may include up to 6 keywords
  • Images should be in high resolution, preferably of any of the following file types: svg, jpg, png, bmp or tif. If possible, their information should be conveyed even after printing the article in black-and-white. Preferably, each image should be numbered as "Image 1" etc.
  • Usage of hyperlinks are encouraged, especially links to Wikipedia articles, such as [[wikipedia:Thorax|chest]] to link to Thorax article (while displaying as chest).
  • It is generally recommended to include both an abstract and a plain language summary.
  • 3-6 peer reviewers with appropriate expertise to assess the work (see criteria) should be recommended.
  • Avoid breaching copyright (including text/images from articles that you previously wrote, but where copyright is owned by the journal)


  • References should preferably be inserted using the VisualEditor - Toolbar - citoid citepong.png button (which formats using the Template:Cite format).
  • For review formats, secondary sources should be cited in preference to primary sources where possible

Original research, synthesis, opinions and speculation

  • Original research can not be included in Wikipedia, since it is an encyclopedia (tertiary source)
  • Articles to be integrated into Wikipedia (especially Encyclopedic reviews) must therefore summarise the topic, whilst avoiding original research, synthesis, opinions and speculation.
    • Articles in the Focused review format may include 'Discussion', 'Outlooks', or similar sections with author opinions, which will appear in the journal version of the article only.
  • Some original research may be integrated into other Wikimedia projects (such as Wikiversity teaching courses, case study example)

Attribution of creative commons material

Content drawn from Wikipedia or its sister projects must list all contributors as co-authors. This is done by naming the main contributors to the article as normal, and including an "et. al." link to the full contributor list, which may point to a list generated by Xtools or the article history page. Images not created by the authors should be attributed with name and license in the legend, such as:
Nrets, CC-BY-SA 3.0

Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest includes any payment or services from a commercial, private or governmental third party (e.g. grants, data monitoring boards, study design, manuscript preparation, or statistical analysis). For grants received for work outside the submitted work, disclosure is only required for entities that could be perceived to be affected financially by the published work, such as drug companies, or foundations supported by entities that with possible financial stake in the outcome. Any involvement in WikiJournal should also be disclosed. Disclosure is not required for public funding sources, such as government agencies, charitable foundations or academic institutions.

Post-publication revision

  • Minor edits, such as spelling errors, minor grammatical errors and inconsistencies in reference formatting, can be corrected after publication by the authors or editors.
  • Major changes or additions to content after publication are acceptable, but require a new round of peer review before acceptance.
  • 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.

Further reading

WikiJournal of Science follows the ICMJE Recommendations on Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication (Guidelines), and its guidelines are recommended for manuscript layout. General reporting guidelines for various types of scientific works are also provided by the EQUATOR Network (Guidelines).

The journal also welcomes translations of submitted works.

Publicising and disseminating works

Articles are open access, and authors are free to share, disseminate and copy their work as they like. After publication, authors are encouraged to self-archive their works. PDF files may be uploaded to, for example Articles will be publicised through the journal's facebook and twitter pages.

The following content from WikiJournal of Science publications can be integrated into Wikipedia:

Before PubMed indexing, WikiJournal of Science articles should not themselves be used as references in Wikipedia articles.


  1. "The top 500 sites on the web". From Alexa. Retrieved 2015-10-04.