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The Wikipedia Scientific Journal is a peer-reviewed scientific publication designed to collect and assess content for Wikipedia. The “Wikipedia Scientific Journal” is open access, under Creative Commons attributions share-alike license; its content can be used, reused and modified by anyone for free for commercial and non-commercial purposes, and it can be used to enrich Wikipedia.
The journal produces thematic issues launched with calls for papers. Anyone can submit articles; also existing Wikipedia articles can be submitted for peer-review. The peer-reviewers are scholars with academic affiliation; they are involved through partnerships with existing scientific journals. The journal has the format of a traditional academic journal. It credits authors, Wikipedia authors (if pertinent) and the partner scientific journals. An open and editable edition of the journal is also provided on Wikisource. “Wikipedia Scientific Journal” aims at:
The “Wikipedia Scientific Journal” is conceived as a tool to allow the project to produce and assess Wikipedia articles related to primary education. At the same time, while focusing on its specific aims, the project tests the tool for further uses. The idea of establishing a “Wikipedia Scientific Journal” is in fact not new to the Wikipedia community (it was proposed as part of the Wikimedia Movement strategic plan in 2009) and a similar concept was developed directly by some scientific journals which already produced few peer-reviewed articles for Wikipedia (the most well-known examples were implemented by the RNA Biology and by PLoS). The “Wikipedia Scientific Journal” has therefore the assets to continue after the end of the project.
Partnerships with scientific journals and scholars
The partnerships with existing scientific journals allow to involve qualified peer-reviewers in different disciplines and to give a broader visibility to Wikipedia articles already published in scientific journals and to disseminate this practice. The partnerships allow also non open access scientific journals to contribute to Wikipedia; this is due to the fact that copyrighted journals can use the “Wikipedia Scientific Journal” platform to publish articles with an open license different from the license of their publication. This specific involvement can allow existing scientific journals to test the use of open access and its beneficial effect on their visibility and it can be a first step to facilitate negotiations with publishers. Thanks to partnerships with existing scientific journals, articles can be submitted in different languages. The partnerships with scientific journals and scholars aim at: