Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Journal to Force Authors to Post on Wikipedia

I am not sure what to think about this, but on the surface I like it. From Nature:
Anyone submitting to a section of the journal RNA Biology will... be required to also submit a Wikipedia page that summarizes the work. The journal will then peer review the page before publishing it in Wikipedia...

"The novelty is that for the first time it creates a link between Wikipedia and traditional journal publishing, with its peer-review element,"... The aim... is to boost the quality of the scientific content on Wikipedia while using the entries to update the Sanger database.

RNA Biology will require Wikipedia pages from all authors who submit work to a new section of the journal... that describes families of RNA molecules. The first paper... its corresponding Wikipedia summary can be found here.

The goal is to encourage more scientists who work on RNA to get involved in creating and updating public data on RNA families, while being rewarded by the traditional method of a citable publication...
Again, on the surface I would love to see all peer reviewed articles to have a peer reviewed Wikipedia entry!

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