Submissions/WikiJournal as a bridge between Academicians and Wikipedians

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This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 6007 Subject - E2
Title of the submission

WikiJournal as a bridge between Academicians and Wikipedians

Type of submission

lecture or panel

Author of the submission

Diptanshu Das

Language of presentation


E-mail address


Diptanshu Das

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Editorial board member of WikiJournal of Medicine, Member of WikiJournal Council, Working Group member of Open Access India.

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

WikiJournals are a new concept in open access publication. They consist of independent, open access, public peer-reviewed journals with no publication cost for authors. They are hosted on Wikiversity by the Wikimedia Foundation, the same body which hosts Wikipedia, the well-known free encyclopedia.

Wikipedia's level of accuracy approaches that of Encyclopedia Britannica and is already the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet. However, improvements by expert contributors are still highly beneficial. WikiJournals enable academic and medical professionals to contribute specialist knowledge to the Wikimedia movement in the academic publishing format that directly rewards scholars with citable publications. WikiJournals use the uncommon Diamond Open Access system wherein the articles are immediately open access in the journal, and neither the author nor the reader needs to pay anything as the articles get published and read. Apart from review articles, original research can be published in WikiJournals. Other formats of scientific publishing including referenced texts notable in their own right as well as images can be published in WikiJournals. Content may also be integratable into Wikipedia as well as other Wikimedia projects to achieve much greater reach and impact than they otherwise would. The WikiJournal model both improves the information contained in Wikipedia whilst using public peer review of its contents for validation, which can otherwise be a weakness of Wikipedia’s openly editable structure.

The flagship WikiJournal of Medicine was started in 2014. It is International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) and Crossref registered, and the included works are assigned Digital Object Identifier (DOI) codes as permanent links to each work, alongside being indexed by Google Scholar and Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

WikiJournal of Medicine is the first journal of this category and forms the prototype for journals in other topics, such as the recently started WikiJournal of Science, and proposed journals in the humanities, and in other languages. The functioning of these journals is overseen by a WikiJournal Council that can coordinate the development of the WikiJournal model of publishing. There is therefore great scope for extending the WikiJournal concept to new subjects over the upcoming years.

What will attendees take away from this session?

The session aims to put the purpose of WikiJournals before the greater Wikimedia community, encouraging them to participate and improve the endeavour. WikiJournal is aspiring to become a sister project and tries to extend the WikiCulture to the academic community who often undermine Wikipedia. It encourages Open Access, Free Culture and Education and hence participation is expected from all these domains.

Theme of presentation
  • Sister Projects
  • WikiCulture & Community
  • Technology, Interface & Infrastructure
  • Legal & Free Culture
  • Education
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?

Intermediate to advanced

Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)

25 minutes

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?


Slides or further information (optional)

A subsequent version of this presentation or this paper (final version to be prepared and shared soon)

Special requests
  • I am not a scholarship recipient and therefore would not be able to attend Wikimania (due to budgetary constraints). I am willing to make a remote presentation if that can be arranged for.Diptanshu Das (talk) 04:47, 14 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  • In case anybody wants to take up the presentation on my behalf, I would be glad to assist.
  • This session may be presented twice, first as a part of Programme/Wiki Project Med and then as a part of Wikimania. The former would have a broader audience and would introduce the people to the idea of WikiJournals and how people from different branches could collaborate to form peer-reviewed journals in their own respective fields and how they could build upon the prototype that has already been built. On the other hand, the presentation at Wiki Project Med could be customized to the context of WikiJournal of Medicine and the role it could play in terms of medical content on Wikipedia.
  • As a fellow editorial board member who will be attending I am willing to present the talk. Best, CFCF (talk) 11:57, 23 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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