Wikiversity:Publishing original research
Where do I publish
Increasingly online preprints databases are supplementing or replacing peer reviewed journals as sources for research. The major preprints databases are:
- http://www.ssrn.com - Social Science Research Network
- http://econpapers.repec.org - Working papers in economics
- http://www.arxiv.org - Physics and astronomy preprints archive
How do I publish
The main thing that you need to do to publish an academic paper is to collaborate, collaborate, collaborate. Find a group of people to share ideas with and to argue with.
Start by getting together a rough draft on your wiki page, and use this to get comments from people. Don't be afraid that people will trash your ideas, because the purpose of sharing rough ideas is precisely to get people to trash them. Start with a few people that you are comfortable working with, and as the article gels, you can share it with a wider and wider group of people. At this point your draft article should probably have a "DO NOT CITE" tag associated with it, signifying that it is a rough article with possible incorrect data and assertions.
Over time your article will start to reach a form in which you feel comfortable signing your name on it. At that point you will need to upload it to one of the preprints databases. You can also at that point consider submitting it to one of the paper journals.
Publishing in traditional journals
Publishing in wiki media
The original Wikiversity proposal of 2005 proposed that Wikiversity should, "test the limits of the wiki model both for developing electronic learning resources as well as for teaching and for conducting research and publishing results (within a policy framework developed by the community)".
- "..... the idea here is to also host learning communities, so people who are actually trying to learn, actually have a place to come and interact and help each other figure out how to learn things. We're also going to be hosting and fostering research into how these kinds of things can be used more effectively." (source)
Academic Publishing Wiki
One system for formal peer review has been developed at another wiki. The Academic Publishing Wiki allows for original research to be published in wiki format. Published work is collected into "wiki journals" that each have a limited scope of subject matter. Each journal and topic area needs a community of participants who can perform peer review.
List of wiki journals
- WikiJournal user group - a set of peer-reviewed, academic journals similar to this initial concept
- Scholarpedia - an academic-writen encyclopedia
- Anthropology Magazine - An interdisciplinary forum for teaching and learning cultural critique
- Education in the Sciences, currently at Wiki Academic Publishing.
- Interpretations in the Physical and Computational Sciences, currently at Wiki Academic Publishing.
- Journal of History and Classics - the study of history both ancient and not-so-ancient.
- Language Journal - Philosophy and Science of Language.
- Medical Journal - currently incorporating the Journal of South Asian Health
- Philosophy Journal
- Journal of Sociology and Social Theory - Sociology and broader concepts of social theory
- Wiki Journal - The study of wikis and wiki phenomena. See also Wiki Journal
- Journal of Computer Science and Software Engineering
- Amateur Astronomy - a journal for contributions by amateur astronomers
- Ancilla Iuris - a law journal
- Wikiversity:Original research
- Help:Paper - a help page about how to put your academic paper onto Wikiversity
- Wikiversity research policy (beta wikiversity)