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Grants:Project/Rapid/WikiJournal 2019

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Budget 2019
start dateJan 1
end dateDec 31
budget (local currency)$1,942
budget (USD)$1,942
grant typeIndividual (on behalf of WikiJournal User Group)
non-profit statusYes
contact(s)• editor.in.chief@wikijmed.org
organization (if applicable)• On behalf of WikiJournal User Group
website (if applicable)• On behalf of WikiJournal User Group

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Project Goal[edit]

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Add or improve content

The goal of WikiJournal User Group is to publish scholarly works with no cost for the authors, apply quality checks on submissions by expert peer review, and make accepted works available on the Internet free of charge, in perpetuity. It applies academic peer review to their content. WikiJournals emphasize transparency throughout the publication process, from peer review to the final version. Thereby, WikiJournal encourages editors to not only summarize existing human knowledge, but also to build upon it. Also, WikiJournals acquire articles containing media (such as images) to enrich Wikipedia articles. It uses an open-access academic publishing model, which scholars and academics may be more familiar with, and so provides citable, indexed articles.

Further information
WikiJournal User Group

Project Plan[edit]


1. Tell us how you'll carry out your project.

This grant is to cover the expenses of WikiJournal User Group through 2019. From the previous grant, the editorial boards of the journals of the project (WikiProject Medicine, WikiJournal of Science and WikiJournal of Humanities) have grown to 51 board members, with 8 new articles being published (further articles in review).

2. How will you let your community know about the event? Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions.

We are spreading the word about this project in WikiProjects such as WikiProject Medicine. We reach out to individual users about ways to contribute, and make occasional entries in the Signpost and WMF blog.

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event?

The project is organized as an administrative board of 8 members: WikiJournal User Group#Administrative board
In addition, each journal has a separate editorial board, as well as associate editors:

The project also engages numerous authors to write journal content, in addition to reviewers with credentials in those fields.

4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

There is a well developed wiki-based article submission system including WikiJournal Preprints, as well as editorial guidelines. Likewise, peer reviewers have established guidelines. Regarding skills, the editorial boards are composed of people with the expertise to make decisions in the fields of each journal:

5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

The WikiJournals are always welcoming additional participants via a mixture of approaches:
  • Contacting subject experts to write articles on topics that are absent/stubs on Wikipedia
  • Contacting authors of GA and FA articles on Wikipedia
  • Talking at academic, research, librarianship and archivery seminars and conferences
  • Posters
  • Contact subject experts based on submitted article topic
  • Contacting people involved in Open Access, WikiEdu, Academia+Wikipedia
  • Word of mouth within wikimedi community

6. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

It is fully aligned with the direction of Wikimedia in building communities of contributors from various academic fields. It also builds a new infrastructure for participation, creating content that is useful for multiple Wikimedia sister projects.


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

  • A gradual increase in the number of submissions to the WikiJournals.
  • An increase in the number of users finding their way to the project by means of DOI links. This impact can can be reflected in the number of articles published, amount of material integrated into Wikipedia, growth of editorial board and mentions in the media.
  • Discussion, review and criticism of the journal in external media, both online and offline.
  • Various measures of impact, with detailed measures for individual journals. For WikiJournal of Medicine, this is located at: WikiJournal of Medicine/Citation metrics. It includes using both direct and indirect metrics of journal performance, i.e. indirect measures like impact factor by tracking the number of citations / references of the articles published in this journal being made in academic works other than within the journal, alongside other direct measures of impact.
  • Tracking the number of wiki pages where text from the journal is used and attributed. The journal carries an open license and so the images and text can be directly incorporated in Wikipedia articles or in other Wikimedia projects.
  • Specific numeric targets include: We strive to publish at least 10 peer reviewed articles in each WikiJournal next year, and recruit at least 3 additional members to each editorial board.


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

$615 in remaining funds from the budget year of 2018, see report at: Grants:Project/Rapid/WikiJournal 2018/Report.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

$400 of the remaining funds from last year are directed towards social media outreach, see WikiJournal 2018/Report. What we don't spend on such outreach this year may be used for the technical editor, as detailed below.
$275: Crossref membership, which gives us the tool to give doi codes to all articles of all included journals. This allows external sites and journals to cite these works with a link that always directs to the article, even if the URL changes.
$210: Membership in Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
$57: Domain fees for WikiJMed.org (WikiJournal of Medicine), WikiJSci.org (WikiJournal of Science), and WikiJHum.org (WikiJournal of Humanities), each costing $19 per year.
$1,000 for the hiring of a technical editor to deal with repetitive tasks including coordination of the peer reviewing process, pdf-formatting of accepted articles and metadata sorting. The tasks are further described at: WikiJournal User Group#Technical editor. These are essential tasks which are not sufficiently achieved by volunteer participation alone. The monetary amount can be negotiated if it is deemed to be excessive. Having a paid editor for these tasks will allow board members and other journal participants to spend more time for content creation and quality, including:
  • Inviting authors
  • Ensuring timely peer review
  • Scaling up editorial board size to match submission volume if necessary
  • Spreading the words about the project to a wider community via talks, posters and direct contact
  • Integration with other scholarly entities, such as meeting requirements for indexing in Pubmed and Scopus

Total amount: $1,942 minus leftover from last year of $615 = $1327


  1. Strong support Strong support I have always believed in the publishing platform of WikiJournals. --Athikhun.suw (talk) 10:17, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
  2. Support Support Happy to support this modest proposal. Chiswick Chap (talk) 12:02, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
  3. Support Support Looks good! --Marshallsumter (talk) 12:52, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
  4. Support Support I support this proposal as written. --Smvital (talk) 04:43, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
  5. Support Support I think that these funds are an extremely cost efficient way to gain high-quality content from a range of experts who otherwise would not have contributed. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk
  6. Support Support I support this fully. F. Di Lauro(Fransplace)talk21:34, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
  7. Support Support Very cost effective given that the total yearly budget is less than the cost of one article (processing fees) in some journals. Ear-phone (talk) 13:39, 14 October 2018 (UTC)
  8. Support Support Looks great. Excited for another year. Jackiekoerner (talk) 13:52, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
  9. Support Support A technical editor would help ensure that articles look their best. Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 15:35, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
  10. Support Support Mounir Touzri (talk) 20:29, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
  11. Support Support FroyAgta 11:40, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
  12. Support Support Filipinayzd (talk) 06:30, 27 October 2018 (UTC)
  13. Strong support Strong support - Diptanshu 💬 04:52, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
  14. Support Support--مصعب (talk) 10:39, 9 November 2018 (UTC)
  15. Support Support --Alaa :)..! 12:46, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
  16. Support Support OhanaUnitedTalk page 16:31, 22 April 2019 (UTC)
  17. Support Support KCVelaga (talk) 08:27, 3 May 2019 (UTC)
  18. Strong support Strong support I am thrilled to see wikiJournal's growth and hope to see the organizers continue to expand on the possibilities DrMel (talk) 01:20, 14 May 2019 (UTC)
  19. Support Support Great job developing your code of conduct. Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:33, 28 May 2019 (UTC)