Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Journal That Assigns Cliff Notes

Speaking of the relationship between Wikipedia and the academy, in "Journal requires peer-reviewed Wikipedia entry to publish," the megablog ars technica reports that the peer-reviewed journal RNA Biology asks contributors to compose a Wikipedia entry to summarize and complement their scholarly research for more specialized audiences. Although the journal's current guidelines for authors do not seem to indicate the existence of this provision, a recent article in Nature explains how the process will work, since Wikipedia is explicitly not a venue for original research.

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