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Notice of related discussion[edit]

Editors here may be interested in a discussion ongoing at Wikipedia_talk:Identifying_reliable_sources_(medicine)#Another_try_at_proposal_for_addition_for_identifying_possible_poor_journals.

BioScience needs attention[edit]

BioScience has been languishing for years with no infobox or independent sources. Someone should really fix that (I'd do it myself but I'm sick of doing it for lots of other journals). Jinkinson talk to me 01:17, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

  • With the few active editors here, this is to be expected. I bet there are dozens of journal articles like that... I have been offline almost all weekend, so I have a backlogged watchlist. If I have a moment, I'll give it a try. But usually, I leave such articles alone unless there is a compelling reason (like someone PRODding it or taking it to AfD. There's just too much work to do... --Randykitty (talk) 11:44, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Total free access to Royal Society History of Science journals for 2 days on March 25th and 26th !!![edit]

As Wikipedian in Residence at the Royal Society, the National Academy for the sciences of the UK, I am again pleased to say that the two Royal Society History of Science journals will be fully accessible for free for 2 days on March 25th and 26th. This is in conjunction with the Diversity in Science Edit-a-thon on 25 March. The event is held by the Royal Society and there are currently a couple of places available, as well as online participation which is very welcome, as are suggestions for articles relevant to the theme of "Diversity in Science" that need work, and topics that need coverage.

The journals will have full and free online access to all from 1am (GMT/UTC) on 25th March 2014 until 11pm (GMT/UTC) on 26th March 2014. Normally they are only free online for issues between 1 and 10 years old. They are:

The RS position is a "pilot" excercise, running between January and early July 2014. Please let me know on my talk page or the project page if you want to get involved or have suggestions. There will be further public events in May, as well as many for the RS's diverse audiences in the scientific community; these will be advertised first to the RS's emailing lists and Twitter feeds. Wiki at Royal Society John (talk) 17:33, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Nursing and nursing journals[edit]

Hi, I have started a discussion about the categorization of nursing journals here and the input of interested editors is welcome. Thanks. --Randykitty (talk) 11:22, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

Taylor & Francis 2013 Impact Factor[edit]

I am having trouble finding the impact factor for some T&F journals. However, I have discovered a PDF for 2013 impact factors and other information. Of course, this is still the 2012 impact factors.

And, here is the 2012 edition of this PDF - [1]. --- Steve Quinn (talk) 06:33, 29 March 2014 (UTC)


I believe that our dab page Historia is missing fr:Historia (revue), which is Historia (Q3138323), claiming a 1909 year of commencement. The French Wikipedia page uses ISSN 0998-0091, added back in 2006[2].

As far as I can see, that ISSN 0998-0091 is wrong, and it is allocated to a book series by the same/similar name published from Perpignan, France. Bibliothèque de Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes (Q16338024)'s record calls it Collection Col.leccio Historia, and Stanford SearchWorks has two records which include that ISSN.

There is also Historia (Q15750593), which is included in the ERA journal list (as a 'C' ranked journal in 2010), and whose ISSNs given are 1270-0835 and 1625-6581, which report it was published by Éditions Tallandier (Q3237900), 1956-, 1995- and 2000- in various records, with one note that says "Mensuel. / Fait suite à [continues]: Historia. Historama." and the another also mentions ISSN 0018-2281 and ISSN 1283-453X. This and that say it commenced in June 1955. This has the very informative note: "Suite de : Historia, Historama. = ISSN 1255-8230 qui est une fusion de : Historia (1956) = ISSN 0018-2281 et de Historama, Histoire magazine = ISSN 0752-3408. - A comme supplément(s) : Le Point Historia = ISSN 1969-9859" [Continues Historia, Historama. ISSN 1255-8230, which was a merge of Historia (1956) ISSN 0018-2281 and Historama, Histoire magazine ISSN 0752-3408. Supplement blah blah ]. It seems the merge happened around 1995.

After consulting this, I am basicly ready to conclude that Historia (Q3138323) = Historia (Q15750593), it has had many different names over its long history, and someone needs to write it up , as the French article isnt very informative.

One issue is that Historia (Q3138323) is listed as published by Sophia Publications (Q16336113), where as Historia (Q15750593) is published by Éditions Tallandier (Q3237900). According to fr:Artémis (holding) and [3], they are both controlled by the Pinault family. My guess is Sophia was created during a restructure of Tallandier Éditions. John Vandenberg (chat) 08:32, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

The Courtland Journal[edit]

This newspaper is at AFD. Although not an academic journal, the AFD discussion centers (among other things) on the possible use of this newspaper as an academic source, so this may be of interest to some editors here. --Randykitty (talk) 13:33, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Philatelic journals or Philatelic magazines[edit]

There's a discussion over the proper name for the category Philatelic journals editors here may be interested in. --Randykitty (talk) 19:16, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

Peer Review Request: Psychological Injury and Law (Journal)[edit]

If one or more of you would take a look at Psychological Injury and Law (Journal) I would greatly appreciate it. I am on the Board of Directors of the professional society that sponsors the journal and I am an occasional editor and one-time author in the journal. I therefore tried to be extra careful about WP:NPOV. If you see anything that looks slanted, biased, promotional, etc., please have at it! Many thanks - Mark D Worthen PsyD 17:07, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

@Markworthen: I reviewed the article and tweaked it a little, although you'll need a member of the WikiProject to assess it. I took out a section header since it created a lede that wasn't really a lede. As the article develops I think there might be a more intuitive way to break up the text and then you can write an over-arching summary to be your lead paragraph. As time goes by I'd also like to see more independent sourcing, as a lot of this is based on the journal itself and the publisher. Thanks for posting here since you have a conflict of interest. Chris Troutman (talk) 19:46, 27 April 2014 (UTC)
@Chris troutman: - Your edits made a lot of sense to me, and I appreciate your advice re: how to improve the article further. I will be on the lookout for info about the journal from sources other than ASAPIL and Springer. I was surprised at how much of the article was deleted by Randykitty (diff), but she is a very experienced editor who concentrates on academic journals, so I shall trust that she prunes prudently. ;o)
I will read more about writing good, succinct articles at WikiProject Academic Journals and learn from this experience. All the best. - Mark D Worthen PsyD 00:23, 28 April 2014 (UTC)
Mark, here are some tips. --Randykitty (talk) 08:52, 28 April 2014 (UTC)
@Randykitty: I had read that piece but not carefully enough as I discovered some tips I can implement to improve the article, e.g., I needlessly got cold feet about a cover image. The recommended essay and peer review tool are very helpful. Speaking of helpful, your list of resources on your user page is excellent. And, I now understand the red links for as-yet-to-be-created articles (WP:REDLINK) thanks to your patient edits of my newbie mistakes. - Mark D Worthen PsyD 12:45, 28 April 2014 (UTC)
@Markworthen: Once upon a time... all of us were newbies :-) Don't worry Mark. WP can be a bit daunting at the beginning, but most people here are pretty helpful. Don't hesitate to ask here or on my talk page if you need something, if I don't know the answer, I generally at least know whom to ask. --Randykitty (talk) 18:52, 28 April 2014 (UTC)
@Randykitty: Thanks! Much appreciated. Yes, I have received awesome help, encouragement, and suggestions from fellow Wikipedians. And I now I know about {{ping|Username}}, in addition to {{replyto|Username}}, which I learnt from Chris Troutman! Mark D Worthen PsyD 06:57, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

@Markworthen:, I have created Psychological Injury and Law (Q16736827) in Wikidata, and added some of the information which was removed from the Wikipedia article, where possible. It is a good place to add details for things which do not yet have a Wikipedia article, such as the editor, organisation, etc, and it is also OK to all of the main editors, as each has a 'rank'. It is also a good place to collect the details where a conflict of interest is less burdensome, as you cant easily introduce bias in data, and then others can construct the prose around those facts free of suggestion from the person with the COI. Othertimes it is not an option to store details in Wikidata. e.g. impact factors are probably not able to be put into Wikidata - see d:Wikidata:Requests for deletions/Archive/2014/Properties/1; coverage in bibliographic databases was rejected at d:Wikidata:Property proposal/Creative_work#indexed in, etc. Like others here, I appreciate you notifying this WikiProject about your COI with the topic. Hopefully you create more articles about journals in your discipline area. Here are 'missing' English Wikipedia articles for periodicals, where we have an article in German Wikipedia, in French Wikipedia, or Italian Wikipedia, or Russian Wikipedia ;-) John Vandenberg (chat) 09:35, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

@John Vandenberg:Wow. I did not even know about Wikidata. Thanks so much for the tip and your help with the article. :o) Mark D Worthen PsyD 03:18, 30 April 2014 (UTC)
Another interesting aspect of putting records into Wikidata is that they appear in many languages of Wikipedia after the search results. e.g. id:Special:search/Psychological Injury and Law and it:Special:search/Psychological Injury and Law and es:Special:search/Psychological Injury and Law and pl:Special:search/Psychological Injury and Law. Not all wikis have this enabled. The text appears in the language of the reader, wherever possible. John Vandenberg (chat) 07:23, 1 May 2014 (UTC)

Leaflet For Academic Journals At Wikimania 2014[edit]

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Infobox journal embedded in an article[edit]

In order to migrate data from infoboxes to Wikidata, I need to avoid migrating template:infobox journal data when the article is about a different thing. As a result, my scripts now have a rule that if the infobox is more than 200 characters from beginning of the page content, I assume the infobox should be ignored. Below is a list of all articles with {{infobox journal}} that not on a 'journal' article.

Australia (sublist as this is the largest cohort)

Some of those might be able to be split to separate articles about only the journal, but in many cases the journal and society are not both separately notable. John Vandenberg (chat) 18:06, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

  • Hi John, I had a look at a few. Some are legitimate journals and the infoboxes correctly placed (just not independently notable journals that have been merged with a society article, for example). For example, the Dance Research Journal in the article on the Congress on Research in Dance. Some have an incorrect infobox (like the Chemical Abstracts Service, which concerns a database, not a journal - even though there was a print edition in the past). Others (like Communications in Statistics, there are more like that) are articles where a journal exists in different series, where each series get a separate infobox because they have different editors, ISSNs, IFs, etc. Even though those journals may be independently notable (because they have separate IFs, for example) it is often better to group them into one article, because of intertwined histories (and also one gets a more "meaty" article that way, not always possible for articles on journals). The solution for all these cases is probably to list them like you did and check them before importing data. I'll go through them if I find time (currently a bit short on that...) More insidious are cases where infoboxes are incorrectly chosen. I regularly encounter magazines with a journal infobox or the other way around. --Randykitty (talk) 20:02, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia_talk:Articles for creation/Medicine (journal)[edit]

Can anybody cleanup this AfC draft before we send it into Main? I'd appreciate a check of the impact factor (best I could do was ResearchGate) and indexing (only Elsevier, really?) as well as the content (which is underreferenced and a bit peacocky). Jodi.a.schneider (talk) 19:51, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

  • This needs a lot of cleanup before it would be ready for mainspace. Not sure this is actually a journal as such, seems to be an online book that is kept updated. It has no impact factor, although there is a journal called Medicine that has one (4.233), but it is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (ISSN 0025-7974). So it looks like the article mixes up two different publications. It is also rather promotional ("An eminent board of some 35 chapter editors and over 750 authors, all experts in their specialist fields"). I unfortunately have not much time right now to look further into this. Some tips can be found in our writing guide. --Randykitty (talk) 20:14, 11 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, it's the notability that's at issue before doing a cleanup (writing guide would be great for that). It claims to be the "largest paid-for GP/hospital doctor circulation in the UK" if Elsevier media kits are to be believed. I see that the impact factor was wrong (and we do have an article on the other "Medicine"). It's an Elsevier product, published one chapter at a time so each chapter is updated every 4 years, from what I gather. Jodi.a.schneider (talk) 20:29, 11 May 2014 (UTC)
  • In that case, you could try to find book reviews or independent confirmation of the circulation figures. If it is as important as Elsevier claims, there should be sources somewhere. --Randykitty (talk) 22:02, 11 May 2014 (UTC)


Those of you involved in writing for, editing, or publishing journals may be interested in ORCID. ORCID is an open system of identifiers for people - particularly researchers and the authors of academic papers; but also contributors to other works, not least Wikipedia editors. ORCIDs are a bit like ISBNs for books or DOIs for papers. You can register for one, free, at As well as including your ORCID in any works to which you contribute, you can include it in your user page using {{Authority control}} thus: {{Authority control|ORCID=0000-0001-5882-6823}} (that template can also include other identifies, such as VIAF and LCCN - there's an example on my user page). ORCID identifiers can also be added to biographical articles, either directly or via Wikidata. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:22, 17 May 2014 (UTC)

Medical Science (journal)[edit]

An original new way of making people think you're a respectable journal: look for a respectable title that folded long ago and claim you're the continuation and tht your new journal actually was established back in the 50s... --Randykitty (talk) 12:08, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedian in Residence[edit]

As of today, I am Wikipedian in Residence at ORCID. The role is described in Announcing ORCID's Wikipedian-in-Residence. Please let me know if I can assist you, in that or any other capacity. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 17:24, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine[edit]

I created an article on Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine. The impact factor seems low, but the journal seems respectable enough. If anyone can improve the article, that would be appreciated. I first encountered the journal as a reference for Wobbly hedgehog syndrome. Eastmain (talkcontribs) 04:14, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Discussion on notability[edit]

I have started a discussion on the application of notability guidelines to academic journals at the Village Pump here. Opinions are welcome. --Randykitty (talk) 17:40, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets[edit]

Could other editors please look at International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets? I am not sure that the journal is notable. Eastmain (talkcontribs) 23:42, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

  • Borderline at best. It's indexed in EconLit, which is not bad, but that is all. For me personally that is not enough. --Randykitty (talk) 12:44, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

Journal of International Translational Medicine[edit]

Could other editors look at Journal of International Translational Medicine? I am not sure that it is notable. I converted another editor's speedy to a prod to allow time for others to look at the article. Eastmain (talkcontribs) 16:13, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

  • If I thought it was salvageable, I wouldn't have tagged it for CSD. Apart from promotional, it was a copyvio, too, but I thought G11 was enough so didn't bother with tagging it also as copyvio... I've added a prod2, it's absolutely not notable. --Randykitty (talk) 18:17, 9 July 2014 (UTC)