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

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2019-20 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.


Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

Goal: 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.

This goal was met in February 2020 when the work I did to search, retrieve, and review the body of published health and information science literature about Wikipedia (in a health context) was published in PlosONE, an open access academic journal. This article added to the academic discourse about Wikipedia and since publication has been cited 21 times.
I am very pleased with how this project went and the end result. To my knowledge, a comprehensive literature review of this nature had not yet been published and it has proved to provide a thorough foundation for researchers seeking a broad understanding of Wikipedia's role as a health information resource and the various contexts in which it is used (e.g., health information, health research, health education).


Please report on your original project targets. Please be sure to review and provide metrics required for Rapid Grants.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Article will be published in PlosONE Article was published in PlosONE in February 2020 Situating Wikipedia as Health Information Resource (article)


Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What worked well?
    • This project was fairly straight forward as the funding was requested to cover the cost of publication in an open access journal. I did not experience any setbacks related to this project.
  • What did not work so well?
    • N/A
  • What would you do differently next time?
    • If I were to do another comprehensive literature review about Wikipedia literature, or update this one, I would follow the same procedure: do the work, submit for publication, apply for funding to cover the publication cost so the article can be published open access.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

This project received a grant award in the amount of $1,594USD, which was the cost of publishing in early 2020. The publication fee has since been increased.

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds?


Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project?

I would like to express my gratitude to the Wikimedia Foundation for providing the funds to have this project published open access so that it can be available to anyone, anywhere. As a librarian, I don't have access to funds through my institution to cover such costs. In addition to your rapid grant and project grant programs, I wonder whether the Wikimedia Foundation would ever offer an Open Access Grant for researchers who have an article accepted for publication but do not have the funds to cover article processing fees. Some researchers include the cost of open access publication in their grant proposals for projects that have yet to begin, but publishers regularly raise their author processing fees. So, by the time a researcher has finished their project and written an article, the original fees budgeted may have increased (sometimes quite significantly).