The Wikimedia Research Newsletter (WRN) is a joint initiative of the Wikimedia Research Committee and the Signpost to cover research updates of relevance to the Wikimedia community. The newsletter is edited monthly and features both internal research at the Wikimedia Foundation and work conducted by external research teams. It is published as a section of the Signpost and as a stand-alone article on the Wikimedia Research Index.
Facts and figures
The inaugural issue of the WRN was published on July 25, 2011 – shortly after the announcement of the Wikimedia Research Index and after two Signpost articles covering recent Wikimedia research.
The six issues published in the first volume (July-December 2011), featuring 87 unique publications, are available as a downloadable 45-page PDF, and a print version can be ordered from Pediapress. The full list of publications reviewed or covered in the Newsletter in 2011 can be browsed online or downloaded (as a BibTeX, RIS, PDF file or in other formats), ready to be imported into reference managers or other bodies of wiki research literature.Read more...
How to subscribe
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- The Newsletters are also included in the weekly Wikipedia Signpost newspaper, so if you subscribe to the Signpost, you'll receive the newsletter with your regular Signpost delivery to your Wikipedia talk page.
How to contribute
This newsletter would not be possible without contributions from the research and Wikimedia community. We welcome submissions of new projects, papers and datasets to be featured in the newsletter. Work on the upcoming edition is coordinated on an Etherpad, where you can suggest items to be covered, or sign up to write a review or summary for one of those that are already listed. Beyond that,
- If you want your project to be featured, please create a new project page using the form on the research project directory
- If you have published or you know of a recent paper that should be featured, please add an entry to the English Wikipedia directory of academic studies of Wikipedia; the bigger WikiPapers wiki is an alternative.
- If you have released code or data of relevance to research on Wikimedia projects, please contact us
We are also looking for contributors (either occasional or regular) for the newsletter. If you have reviewed recent Wikipedia literature or would like to help writing the newsletter, please contact us.
Open access vs. closed access publications
Complete references of the publications featured in the newsletter can be found at the bottom of each issue. Publications that are either self-archived in an open access repository or published in an open access journal will be marked with an open access icon next to the download link, e.g.:
Publications that are not open access (i.e. behind a paywall or tied to institutional subscriptions) will be marked with a closed access icon: