Friday, December 19, 2008

Wikipedia is now a primary source for research!

Wikipedia. For academics you either love it or you hate it. One of the people on Twitter that I follow alerted me to a blog post by Frederic Lardinois on ReadWriteWeb that describes a first for a refereed academic journal. The scientific journal, RNA Biology, will now require all authors that submit a paper for review to the journal to also submit a summary of the article to Wikipedia. The Wikipedia summary is reviewed as part of the submission; however, once the paper is accepted for publication and the Wikipedia page is posted, anyone in the world can edit the contents of the Wikipedia entry.

I love it! RNA Biology is now feeding original cutting edge research into Wikipedia. That is primary source material – not simply secondary source material. I just love it. How do you feel about it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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7 comments:

aidan said...

Wow, that's really cool! When do you think Nature will follow suit? Ha...

Eric said...

Nature reported on it:

http://www.nature.com/news/2008/081216/full/news.2008.1312.html


They'll crack sooner or later ;-)

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Wikipedia is and will be the primary source for research. I would say, that I do not know of any other resources for information that is this good and complete.