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WikiJournal User Group
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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2018-19 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • To read the approved grant submission describing the plan for this project, please visit Grants:Project/Rapid/WikiJournal 2019.
  • You may still comment on this report on its discussion page, or visit the discussion page to read the discussion about this report.
  • You are welcome to Email rapidgrants at wikimedia dot org at any time if you have questions or concerns about this report.


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

In short, yes, as the grant has sustained the WikiJournal project and its mission "to publish scholarly works with no cost for the authors, apply quality checks on submissions by expert academic peer review, and make accepted works available online free of charge, in perpetuity" [1].


The outcomes are split into first and second halves of the year, to be used for annual activity reports spanning June 1 to May 31 the following year.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Jan 1 - May 31 Achieved outcome June 1 - Dec 31 Explanation
Expand participation in the journals 5 new editorial board members and 1 new associate editor:

This makes a total of 83 editors as of February, 2020.

19 new articles:

Presentations, interviews and media regarding the project at the following:

5 new editorial board members and 7 new associate editors:

This makes a total of 83 editors as of February, 2020.

Improve and streamline procedures
Increase professional recognition of journals

Indexing in:



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?

Many achievements as listed above.

  • What did not work so well?

The planned hiring of a technical editor was not achieved this year, as it required some further discussion and planning. A task group is currently accepting and reviewing applications, but the project will need to retain the grant funding for this purpose as also mentioned in #Remaining funds below.

Back-end technical limitations continue to result in a large manual workload for automatable tasks. Requests for several WikiJournal-relevant technical features in the Community Wishlist Survey 2020 did not result in any of the requested items being in the top 5 to be implemented.

  • What would you do differently next time?

The technical editor role is now better specified (WikiJournal User Group/Technical editor), and applications are ongoing, so WikiJournal is expected to use the grant money for that purpose during 2020.

Technical feature implementation may have to be either a) part of the or sister project application b) via collaboration with OJS.


Grant funds at beginning of year[edit]

  • $1942, whereof:

Grant funds spent[edit]

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

$275: Crossref membership
  • $210 (167 GBP): Membership in Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
  • $24: Domain fees for WikiJSci.org (WikiJournal of Science), and WikiJHum.org (WikiJournal of Humanities), each now costing $12 per year. The WikiJMed.org (WikiJournal of Medicine) registration lasted through January 2020, and did not need payment in 2019.

Receipts and payment notes

Total spent: $509

Remaining funds[edit]

The funds remaining from this grant in the amount of US$1,433 were deducted from another grant payment for Grants:Project/Rapid/WikiJournal 2020.
  • $1433 (=$1942 - $509)

The remaining funds will be accounted for in the grant for funding through 2020, see: Grants:Project/Rapid/WikiJournal 2020