Wikipedia:Scientific peer review
This page concerns the peer review of science articles on Wikipedia. It aims to offer a high-calibre, content-oriented critique of articles on scientific subjects. Peer review is one of the most important tools on Wikipedia. Over the past few months we have been under the spotlight over our accuracy, receiving reviews from newspapers and academic journals. Nature deemed us, on scientific articles, as error-laden as Britannica. Wikipedia has now matured from a small intellectual exercise into a serious and respectable source of information. As such, we are trying to find ways in which our articles can provide reliable information to the public—the process for Wikipedia 1.0 and a validation feature are just beginning. From now on, we must do our best to ensure that as many articles as possible, especially our scientific articles, are factually accurate and of a high standard.
The primary objective is to encourage better articles by having contributors who may not have worked on articles, and in particular for editors who are experts in the topic involved, to examine them and provide ideas for further improvement.
The peer review process is highly flexible and can deal with articles of any quality; however, requesting reviews on very short articles may not be productive, as there is little for readers to comment on.
All reviews are conducted by fellow editors—usually members of one of the many Science WikiProjects. While there is a general intent to expand this process to ensure review by subject experts in a more formal way, possibly through the use of an elected Board, consensus on how to achieve this has not been reached.
The process here resembles the Wikipedia:Peer review process. Indeed it has been suggested that we work in part through that process, but this is something for the future. A special page, such as Wikipedia:Scientific peer review/Science is created to collect the review comments. Interested participants scan the notice board, and participate in the reviews of articles in which they are interested. This mechanism builds on proven and successful WP methods for handling and managing requests.
- Wikipedia:Peer review.
- Wikipedia:External peer review deals with peer reviews by external agencies.
- Wikipedia:Article assessment rates articles from a particular topic.
- Wikipedia:CVG Peer review deals with computer and video games-related topics.
- Military history Peer Review deals with their articles in a similar way to this proposal.
- The discussion page for SPR methodology and philosophy of scientific peer review