Wikiversity:Publishing original research

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Where do I publish[edit]

Increasingly online preprints databases are supplementing or replacing peer reviewed journals as sources for research. The major preprints databases are:

How do I publish[edit]

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 At this point your draft article should probably have a "DO NOT CITE" tag associated with it, signifying that it is a rough article with possible incorrect data and assertions.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[edit]

Publishing in wiki media[edit]

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)

In order to support publishing of original research, Wikiversity can make use of systems for formal peer review.

Academic Publishing Wiki[edit]

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[edit]

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