Grants:Project/Rapid/WikiJournal 2021 (Jan-June)

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WikiJournal User Group
Open access • Publication charge free • Public peer review • Wikipedia-integrated

WikiJournal User Group is a publishing group of open-access, free-to-publish, Wikipedia-integrated academic journals. <seo title=" WJM, WikiJMed, Wiki.J.Med., WikiJMed, Wikiversity Journal User Group, WikiJournal WikiMed, Free to publish, Open access, Open-access, Non-profit, online journal, Public peer review "/>

Budget 2021
start dateMay 10
start year2021
end dateJune 30
end year2021
budget (local currency)$1999.27
budget (USD)$1999.27
grant typeOrganization
non-profit statusYes, 501(c)
organization (if applicable)• On behalf of WikiJournal User Group
website (if applicable)WikiJournal User Group

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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".

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. It thus generates both quality content and increased participation in Wikimedia projects.

Further information
WikiJournal User Group

Project Plan[edit]


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

This grant is to cover the expenses of WikiJournal User Group between May 10, 2021 and June 30, 2021, after which WikiJournal aims at being covered by a Simple Grant application. In particular, the project is hiring 6 technical editors, each working part time so as to correspond to a total work of up to one full time job.

Altogether, as detailed in Resources below, the grant will cover its technical infrastructure as well as affiliations for publication ethics. It will allow participants to continue their various roles in the project (as counted on February 28, 2021):

This will keep enabling numerous authors to contribute to the world of open knowledge, and peer reviewers to provide quality assurance, through the first half of 2021.

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?

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. We expect multiple additional presentations and media mentions similarly to last year (see 2020 report). Target audience often correspond to any interest in the existing coverage of the journals (science, medicine, humanities), but the project also welcomes the potential expansion of new journals in other fields as well. Of note, there is an ongoing process in creating a WikiJournal of Psychology, Psychiatry, and the Behavioral Sciences (Talk:WikiJournal_User_Group#New_journal_proposal).

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

There will be a quantifiable display of articles published throughout the year. Peer reviews of each article will be publicly displayed on each respective Discuss/Talk page. The technical editors will log their hours for salary calculations.


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:

  1. Number of total participants: Aimed at having editorial board members and associate editors increasing by at least 15-20. In comparison, they increased by 12 in 2020.
  2. Number of articles created or improved: 20+. It is expected to increase from the 15 in 2020, with the introduction of technical editor to deal with repetitive technical tasks, allowing editors to focus on more articles.


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).

$1028.27 in remaining funds from the budget year of 2020, see report at: Grants:Project/Rapid/WikiJournal 2020/Report.

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

$1176.51 for continued hiring of technical editors to handle repetitive technical tasks (duties are further described at WikiJournal User Group/Technical editor. It will include:
  • Payrolls, including withheld taxes
  • Payroll and HR software
  • Employer coverage
  • Tax filing
$293: Continued Crossref membership [1], 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.
$246.88 (171 GBP): Continued Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) membership for WikiJMed of £171. [2] It serves as a certification of good ethical practices, and is a pathway to influence ethics guidelines for user-created content.
$246.88 (171 GBP): Application COPE membership for WikiJSci of £171. Feed payed per journal until we reach 4 or more journals, at which point flat fee as publishing group up to 10 journals.
$36: Domain fees for (WikiJournal of Medicine), (WikiJournal of Science), and (WikiJournal of Humanities), each costing $12 per year.

Total needed:

$1999.27 until June 30, 2021

Grant requested: This is the result of the funds needed minus remaining funds from last year ($1999.27 - $1028.27)



  • I endorse this. Francesca (talk) 23:29, 21 March 2021 (UTC)
  • Also fully endorse as necessary baseline subscriptions and spending for the project. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 23:07, 25 March 2021 (UTC)

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