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    My username[edit]

    For those who wonder, especially those more used to British-English usage, Randy does not reflect on my physiological state but is short for Miranda. Of course, I'm not a kitten and Miranda is not my real name :-) The original (adorable) Randykitty lived a full (cat-)life of 20 years during which she spread a lot of joy around her. According to some, I'm not a kitten but "a Jeffrey Beall". In principle, I never confirm or deny any attempt at outing, whether on- or off-wiki. In this case I am making an exception. Beall edits under his own name (Jeffrey Beall) and I am not him.

    Editing interests[edit]

    My editing interests are rather broad, but I currently spend most of my time editing articles on academic journals. A secondary interest are biographies of scientists, especially neuroscientists. I also regularly spend some time on new page patrol (and there, of course, encounter a wider variety of articles). If your interests are similar, you may find some potentially useful links below.

    Editing philosophy[edit]

    • Notability: Not everything that is worthy is also notable, and the other way around. If there exist no good sources on a subject, then it should not have an article on Wikipedia. Even if sources exist, an article is still not justified if there is no encyclopedic information. For instance, if all we can say about a certain person is that she likes coffee and cookies, sings hymns, and lived a long time, then any useful information is better contained in a list.
    • Be brief. Don't use 300 words if you can say the same thing in 30. This is not about removing information, this is about presenting information.
    • Not everything that can be sourced merits inclusion. Don't include trivial stuff, this is an encyclopedia, not Facebook. Even if, for example, we would have sourced information that Einstein preferred his coffee with two lumps of sugar, that is not encyclopedic information that in any way increases our understanding of him. This means that existing text often needs pruning and rewriting.
    • Wikipedia is not a vehicle for promoting your company/journal/band/etc. Articles should be encyclopedic, meaning that articles should be presented in a neutral way. Words such as "famous", "renowned", "foremost", etc. rarely have a place in an encyclopedic article. Hence, our Einstein article starts with "Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist", not "Albert Einstein was the most famous scientist ever", even though one certainly will be able to find reliable sources saying so.
    • Deletion/Inclusion. I don't see myself as an inclusionist or a deletionist. Everything depends on the sources. If there are good sources, then an article should be written, even if our personal feeling would be that the subject is utterly trivial. If there are no good sources, then an article should be deleted (or, even better, should never even be created), even if our personal feeling would be that this is a subject of the utmost importance. We report what sources find notable, not what we find notable.
    • Academic journals. Some thoughts on the notability of academic journals can be found here.



    • My Ph.D. supervisor often remarked that only very few people are capable of "clean thinking", meaning applying logic uncontaminated by emotions and preconceived notions. I think he was right and, as in Real Life, this is often demonstrated during discussions on WP.
    • If I am in disagreement with an editor about including some trivial stuff in an article, the sooner they accuse me of being biased or pushing a certain POV, the more likely they are to be pushing a POV themselves. My POV is sourcing, sourcing, sourcing (and I hope that it is not necessary to specify that this sourcing should be independent of the subject).
    • A useful definition of discretionary sanctions is holy 'thou shall nots' issued on high by ARBCOM to deal with the worst shit shows of Wikipedia, giving licenses to admins to rain down holy fire on offenders without remorse. (Thanks, Headbomb).
    • My RFA standards.
    • My thoughts on WP:NJournals.

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    Journal resources[edit]


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    Recent changes in
    WP:Academic Journals
    List overview · Updated: 2016-12-02 (articles) · This box:
    • AGRICOLA list of journals covered; <ref name=AGRICOLA>{{cite web |url= |title=Journals Indexed in AGRICOLA |publisher=[[United States National Agricultural Library]] |work=[[AGRICOLA]] |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • Atla journal listings; <ref name=Atla>{{cite web |url= |title=Title and Product Update Lists |publisher=[[American Theological Library Association]] |work=[[ATLA Religion Database]] |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • Jeffrey Beall's list of predatory publishers (references: <ref>{{cite web |url= |title=LIST OF PUBLISHERS |work=Scholarly Open Access |last1=Beall |first1=Jeffrey |authorlink=Jeffrey Beall |access-date=2016-09-21 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=2017-01-11}}</ref>) and standalone journals (archive 2017-01-11)
    • CAB Abstracts coverage list; <ref name=CABAB>{{cite web |url= |title=Serials cited |work=[[CAB Abstracts]] |publisher=[[CABI (organisation)|CABI]] |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • Cabells' Predatory Reports, access via WP library.
    • CASSI (CODEN, ISSN, journal abbreviations); <ref name=CASSI>{{cite web |url= |title=CAS Source Index |publisher=[[American Chemical Society]] |work=[[Chemical Abstracts Service]] |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • CINAHL coverage list; <ref name=CINAHL>{{cite web |url= |title=CINAHL Complete Database Coverage List |publisher=[[EBSCO Information Services]] |work=[[CINAHL]] |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • EBSCO Information Services coverage lists
    • EconLit list of journals covered; <ref name=EconLit>{{cite web |title=Journals Indexed |url= |website=EconLit |publisher=American Economic Association |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • Ei Compendex source list; <ref name=Compendex>{{cite web |url= |title=Content/Database Overview - Compendex Source List |publisher=[[Elsevier]] |work=Engineering Village |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • Embase coverage lists; <ref name=Embase>{{cite web |url= |title=Embase Coverage |publisher=[[Elsevier]] |work=Embase |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • European Reference Index for the Humanities: Non-selective inclusion criteria (ESF page)
    • GEOBASE source list; <ref name=GEOBASE>{{cite web |url= |title=Content/Database Overview - GEOBASE Source List |publisher=[[Elsevier]] |work=Engineering Village |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • Infobox journal
    • Infobox magazine
    • Inspec list of journals covered; <ref name=Inspec>{{cite web |url= |title=Inspec list of journals |publisher=[[Institution of Engineering and Technology]] |work=Inspec |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • ISI (Clarivate) Master journal list; <ref name=ISI>{{cite web |url= |title=Web of Science Master Journal List |publisher=[[Clarivate]] |work=Intellectual Property & Science |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • ISI (Clarivate) Journal Coverage Changes (last 12 months)
    • ISO List of Title Word Abbreviations
    • JCR: According to the ''[[Journal Citation Reports]]'', the journal has a 2021 [[impact factor]] of<ref name=WoS>{{cite book |year=2022 |chapter=JOURNALNAME |title=2021 Journal Citation Reports |publisher=[[Clarivate]] |edition=Science OR Social Sciences |series=[[Web of Science]] |title-link=Journal Citation Reports}}</ref>
    • JCR with ranking: According to the ''[[Journal Citation Reports]]'', the journal has a 2021 [[impact factor]] of, ranking it xxth out of xxx journals in the category "CATEGORY".<ref name=WoS>{{cite book |year=2022 |chapter=JOURNALNAME |title=2021 Journal Citation Reports |publisher=[[Clarivate]] |edition=Science OR Social Sciences |series=[[Web of Science]] |title-link=Journal Citation Reports}}</ref>
    • JournalGuide: maintains white- and blacklists of journals and lists reliable databases in which journals are listed
    • Library of Congress, reference to catalog record (LC Catalog): <ref name=LC>{{cite web |url= HERE |title=JOURNALNAME |work=Library of Congress Catalog |publisher=[[Library of Congress]] |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • MathSciNet, lookup journal URL here; <ref name=MathSciNet>{{cite web |url=Journal URL here |title=JOURNALNAME |publisher=[[American Mathematical Society]] |work=[[MathSciNet]] |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • MEDLINE, reference for inclusion (NLM Catalog): <ref name=MEDLINE>{{cite web |url= ID here |title=JOURNALNAME |work=NLM Catalog |publisher=[[National Center for Biotechnology Information]] |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • MIAR: Information Matrix for the Analysis of Journals: lists indexing services for most journals (link to search for indexing info); <ref name=MIAR>{{cite MIAR |title=JOURNALNAME |issn=ISSN-HERE |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • NJournals; Thoughts on NJournals
    • Philosopher's Index, inclusion criteria (not selective) and journal lists
    • ProQuest databases are not selective according to Jeffrey Beall
    • PsycINFO journal coverage, <ref name=PsycINFO>{{cite web |url= |publisher=[[American Psychological Association]] |title=PsycINFO Journal Coverage |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • Scopus coverage lists; Scopus discontinued sources list; Search Scopus sourceID <ref name=Scopus>{{cite web |url= sourceID here |title=Source details: JOURNALNAME |publisher=[[Elsevier]] |work=Scopus Preview |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>
    • Sources for journal title abbreviations
    • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory aims to be all inclusive.
    • WikiProject Journals template
    • ZbMATH Open title search; <ref name=MATH>{{cite web |url= ID here |title=Serials Database |publisher=[[Springer Science+Business Media]] |work=[[ZbMATH Open]] |access-date=2023-03-29}}</ref>

    Journal article writing guide[edit]

    • Writing guide: [[WP:JWG]]
    • Handy shortcuts:
    • Editing journal articles with a COI: [[WP:JWG/COI]]
    • What to include: [[WP:JWG/YES]]
    • What not to include: [[WP:JWG/NO]]


    General PROD message for journals: Non-notable journal. Not indexed in any ''selective'' databases, no independent sources. Does not meet [[WP:NJournals]] or [[WP:GNG]].

    Examples of particular journals[edit]


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    Articles that I have started[edit]

    (excluding redirects, disambiguation pages, and contributions to Wikispecies, Wikidata, and other language wikis)

    1. Acta Medica Mediterranea
    2. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis
    3. Acta Neurochirurgica
    4. Acta Neurologica Belgica
    5. Actas Españolas de Psiquiatría
    6. Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research
    7. Alexander Cools
    8. Alzheimers Research & Therapy
    9. American Journal of Neuroradiology
    10. Annali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
    11. Annual Reports on the Progress of Chemistry
    12. Anubias gilletii
    13. Anubias hastifolia
    14. Anubias pynaertii
    15. Archives Italiennes de Biologie
    16. Arie de Graaf
    17. Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
    18. ASN Neuro
    19. Behavioural Pharmacology (journal)
    20. Biosemiotics (journal)
    21. Bipolar Disorders (journal)
    22. Brain and Behavior
    23. Brain Stimulation (journal)
    24. Brain Structure and Function
    25. Brian M. Lucey
    26. Carmen Sandi
    27. Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
    28. Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
    29. Chinese Chemical Letters
    30. Christy Holland
    31. Clinical Autonomic Research
    32. Clinical Practice
    33. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience
    34. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology
    35. Communication Research Reports
    36. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
    37. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
    38. Current Opinion in Neurology
    39. Current Pediatric Research (Deleted)
    40. Developmental Neurobiology (journal)
    41. Economic History of Developing Regions
    42. Educational Research and Evaluation
    43. European Journal of Neurology
    44. Food, Culture & Society
    45. Friedrich Vogel (human geneticist)
    46. Fritz Lukoschus
    47. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology
    48. Frontiers of Information Technology & Electronic Engineering
    49. Genes & Diseases
    50. Glia (journal)
    51. Hallo Bandoeng
    52. Hans Ferdinand Linskens
    53. Heliyon
    54. IEEE Internet of Things Journal
    55. International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences
    56. International Journal of Sensor Networks
    57. International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
    58. Jan Cremer
    59. John Aggleton
    60. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
    61. Journal of Ginseng Research
    62. Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice
    63. Journal of Neuropathology & Experimental Neurology
    64. Journal of Neurotrauma
    65. Journal of Operations Management
    66. Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience
    67. Journal of Systematics and Evolution
    68. Learning & Behavior
    69. Learning & Memory
    70. Libri
    71. Louis van de Laar
    72. Mathematical Biosciences
    73. Medicine Publishing
    74. Melly Oitzl
    75. Minosuke Hiroe
    76. Molecular Brain
    77. Molecular Neurobiology (journal)
    78. Molecular Neurodegeneration
    79. Molecular Pain
    80. Nancy Zahniser
    81. Neural Plasticity (journal)
    82. Neurobiology of Disease
    83. Neurobiology of Stress
    84. Neurochirurgie
    85. Neuromolecular Medicine
    86. Neurotherapeutics
    87. Neurotoxicology and Teratology
    88. Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
    89. Optometry and Vision Science
    90. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
    91. Oscar van Hemel
    92. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior
    93. Physics Essays
    94. Prime Scholars
    95. Progress in Brain Research
    96. Progress in Neurobiology
    97. Rainer Spanagel
    98. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
    99. Research Evaluation (journal)
    100. Research in Sports Medicine
    101. Restauration Ecology (journal)
    102. Richard F. Thompson
    103. Richard G. Morris
    104. Rodriguésia (journal)
    105. RUSI Journal
    106. Science Immunology
    107. Sleep (journal)
    108. Sleep Medicine Reviews
    109. Society for Economic Botany
    110. Suman Sahai
    111. Taxon (journal)
    112. The Veliger
    113. Tijdschrift van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis
    114. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie
    115. Tijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie
    116. Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis
    117. Tropicos
    118. Turkish Journal of Chemistry
    119. Zangeres Zonder Naam
    120. Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins
    121. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie

    Where have I been[edit]

    Long term (4.5 years or more):

    France Germany The Netherlands United States

    Short trip (up to 3 weeks; excl. airport stopovers):

    Andorra Australia Austria Bahamas Brazil Canada Czech Republic Denmark East Germany Finland Gibraltar Ireland Hungary Israel Italy Liechtenstein Luxembourg Malaysia Mexico Norway Portugal Palestine Russia Singapore Spain Sint Maarten Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Vatican City

    Australian states and territories:

    New South Wales Northern Territories Queensland

    Canadian provinces and territories:

    Alberta British Columbia Ontario Nova Scotia Quebec

    United Kingdom and dependencies

    England Gibraltar Scotland

    US states and territories:

    Arizona California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Illinois Indiana Kentucky Lousiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Missouri Montana New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York Ohio Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island Tennessee Utah Vermont Virginia Puerto Rico United States Virgin Islands Washington, D.C.

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