Grants:Project/Rapid/Mcbrarian/Situating Wikipedia as a health information resource in various contexts: A systematic review of the literature

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Mcbrarian/Situation Wikipedia as a health information resourse in various contexts: A systematic review of the literature
While Wikipedia itself is well into its second decade, the academic discourse around Wikipedia within the context of health is still young. This systematic review will synthesize and analyze the existing body of research on Wikipedia within the context of health and health information.
targetEnglish Wikipedia
start dateNovember 21
start year2019
end dateApril 30
end year2020
budget (local currency)$2,124.77CAD
budget (USD)$1,594USD
grant typeindividual

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Project Goal[edit]

Briefly explain what are you trying to accomplish with this project, or what do you expect will change as a result of this grant. Example goals include, "recruit new editors", "add high quality content", or "train existing editors on a specific skill".

To perform a comprehensive review of peer-reviewed, published health and information science literature about Wikipedia, to synthesize the results of this review and publish my findings in an open access journal. Adding to the academic discourse about Wikipedia could help build Wikipedia'a reputation in the academic health community. I am requesting a grant from WMF to cover the costs associated with publishing this work in an open access journal.

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. What will you and other organizers spend your time doing?

A broad literature search in OVID Medline, OVID Embase, Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Library and Information Science & Technology Abstracts(LISTA), Wilson Web, Allied and Complementary Medicine (AMED), and Web of Science. Through a two-stage screening process, records will be excluded if: Wikipedia was not a major or exclusive focus of the article; Wikipedia was not discussed within the context of a health or medical topic; the article was not available in English (no funds were available to support translation for this review), or; the article was a letter, commentary, editorial, or popular media article. This project is ready for submission to PlosONE, an open access journal.

How will you let others in your community know about your project (please provide links to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions)? Why are you targeting a specific audience?

PlosONE, an open access journal.

What will you have done at the end of your project? How will you follow-up with people that are involved with your project?

Article will be published in PlosONE journal and will be disseminated broadly. I will update the project page with a link to the article.


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets and feel free to add more specific to your project:

Article will be published in PlosONE
  1. Number of total participants: n/a
  2. Number of articles created or improved (if applicable)
  3. Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (if applicable)
  4. Number of photos used on Wikimedia projects (if applicable)


What resources do you have? Include information on who is the organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

None. This research was conducted by myself as a graduate student without funding to support open access publication. I cannot, in good conscience, publish an article about Wikipedia and not publish it in an open access journal.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense:

  • Article Processing Charge: $1,595USD for PlosONE


  • Support Support - It is always very valuable to keep this sort of information up to date, and it has to be open access. See precedent for funding APCs here and here (learning pattern). Note the possible impact of such articles when followup is done efficiently in this report. As a final note for transparency, the proposal for a Wikimedia Journal hosting sister project could long-term alleviate some of the APC cost problems (see articles of similar scope in review at WikiJMed). T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 05:58, 15 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Support Support I recognize that funds are scarce and we cannot pay publishing fees for every Wikipedia-related publication. However, this is a systematic review of academic publications on Wikipedia and summarizes the past research. Wikipedia community members have curated these kinds of lists in collections such as en:health information on Wikipedia and in Wikidata as the Scholia profile on the same. This is the first systematic review on this topic and as the medical sector has been a major funding channel supporting Wikimedia projects, putting a paper like this out in the open solidifies the foundation on which various external partners justify their commitments to Wikimedia projects. Previously I have requested and received open access funding support from the Wikimedia Foundation to great benefit of everyone involved, including my regional chapter, Wikimedia Medicine as the supporting thematic group, the many participating institutions which contribute to the content behind such works, and outreach and communication staff who find newly opened doors by sending papers in front of them as an introduction to partnerships. The cost / benefit justification is here for this rare and first review article. I posted notice of this funding request to en:WP:WikiProject Medicine. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:07, 29 October 2019 (UTC)