Peer Review and Wikipedia?

December 23, 2008 at 3:47 pm Leave a comment

I’ve had a mini-break from the online world and apologize for not having posted in awhile.  Here’s some fascinating news that was brought to my attention by my peer…  RNA Biology is requiring that for articles of a certain track:

(1) substantial updates and reviews of existing RNA families or
(2) novel RNA families based on computational and/or experimental results for which little evolutionary analysis has been published

they must also include a published article in Wikipedia in order to be published.  Talk about Internet and science.  This is definitely a novel approach to peer-review, publication, information seeking behavior, and open access.  Excellent, in my opinion.  Here’s a news story about the whole thing.

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081219-journal-requires-peer-reviewed-wikipedia-entry-to-publish.html

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