SourceIt

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This is a proposal for a new WMF sister project.
SourceIt
Status of the proposal
Statusclosed (see here how to re-open it)
ReasonNo awnser since 2014

Many encyclopedic topics or facts are actually lacking valid references, which Wikipedia suffers from. There is thus need for a journal which would publish articles on unaddressed topics.

Proposal[edit]

Typically, this would concern what would be called original research on Wikipedia, but would not need actual research ; thus the articles wouldn't be considered as primary sources. However one can also consider such more complex topics which would require actual research, and publish them as primary sources in a different section of the project, hoping they would be picked up elsewhere.

The process would be the following :

  1. A topic or fact is not properly sourced on Wikipedia.
  2. Wikipedia contributors or readers file a request on this project for this topic or fact to be addressed.
  3. The project contributors contact researchers or experts in this field, who can redirect them to more expert people.
  4. The expert writes an article addressing the issue.
  5. The article is published (it may be peer-reviewed before).
  6. The initial topic or fact can now be properly sourced.


Motivation[edit]

Many encyclopedic topics or facts are lacking valid references. Thus on Wikipedia they are either left unreferenced, which has a bad impact on its reliability, or simply removed, which impacts its completeness.


Proposed by[edit]

Skippy le Grand Gourou (talk) 17:18, 11 March 2012 (UTC)


Alternative names[edit]

Maybe the name of a "knowledge fountain" on some mythology if it exists. Otherwise, whichever clever idea anyone comes with.


Related projects/proposals[edit]

Not another project : this proposal is also advertised on this page.


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