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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 name :-) The original Randykitty lived a full (cat-)life of 20 years during which she spread a lot of joy. According to some, I'm not a kitten but "a Jeffrey Beall". Amusing as it would be to comment on that assertion, I never confirm or deny any attempt at outing, whether on- or off-wiki.

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).

Useful links[edit]

Admin stuff[edit]


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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: v · t
  • ATLA journal listings; to cite: <ref name=ATLA>{{cite web |url= |title=Title and Product Update Lists |publisher=[[American Theological Library Association]] |work=[[ATLA Religion Database]] |accessdate=2017-10-19}}</ref>
  • Jeffrey Beall's list of predatory publishers and standalone journals
  • Biological Abstracts journal list; to cite: <ref name=BA>{{cite web |url= |title=Biological Abstracts - Journal List |publisher=[[Clarivate Analytics]] |work=Intellectual Property & Science |accessdate=2017-10-19}}</ref>
  • CAB Abstracts coverage list; to cite: <ref name=CABAB>{{cite web |url= |title=Serials cited |work=[[CAB Abstracts]] |publisher=[[CABI (organisation)|CABI]] |accessdate=2017-10-19}}</ref>
  • CASSI (CODEN, ISSN, journal abbreviations); to cite: <ref name=CASSI>{{cite web |url= |title=CAS Source Index |publisher=[[American Chemical Society]] |work=[[Chemical Abstracts Service]] |accessdate=2017-10-19}}</ref>
  • CINAHL coverage list; to cite: <ref name=CINAHL>{{cite web |url= |title=CINAHL Complete Database Coverage List |publisher=[[EBSCO Information Services]] |work=[[CINAHL]] |accessdate=2017-10-19}}</ref>
  • EBSCO Information Services coverage lists
  • EI/Compendex source list; to cite: <ref name=Compendex>{{cite web |url= |title=Content/Database Overview - Compendex Source List |publisher=[[Elsevier]] |work=Engineering Village |accessdate=2017-10-19}}</ref>
  • Embase coverage lists; to cite: <ref name=Embase>{{cite web |url= |title=Embase Coverage |publisher=[[Elsevier]] |work=Embase |accessdate=2017-10-19}}</ref>
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities: Non-selective inclusion criteria (ESF page)
  • GEOBASE source list; to cite: <ref name=GEOBASE>{{cite web |url= |title=Content/Database Overview - GEOBASE Source List |publisher=[[Elsevier]] |work=Engineering Village |accessdate=2017-10-19}}</ref>
  • Infobox journal
  • Infobox magazine
  • Inspec list of journals covered; to cite: <ref name=Inspec>{{cite web |url= |title=Inspec list of journals |format=[[PDF]] |publisher=[[Institution of Engineering and Technology (professional society)|Institution of Engineering and Technology]] |work=Inspec |accessdate=2017-10-19}}</ref>
  • ISI (Clarivate Analytics) Master journal list; to cite: <ref name=ISI>{{cite web |url= |title=Master Journal List |publisher=[[Clarivate Analytics]] |work=Intellectual Property & Science |accessdate=2017-10-19}}</ref>
  • ISI (Clarivate Analytics) Journal Coverage Changes (last 12 months)
  • ISO List of Title Word Abbreviations
  • JCR: According to the ''[[Journal Citation Reports]]'', the journal has a 2016 [[impact factor]] of 0.506.<ref name=WoS>{{cite book |year=2017 |chapter=JOURNALNAME |title=2016 [[Journal Citation Reports]] |publisher=[[Clarivate Analytics]] |edition=Science |series=[[Web of Science]]}}</ref>
  • JCR with ranking: According to the ''[[Journal Citation Reports]]'', the journal has a 2016 [[impact factor]] of 0.506, ranking it xxth out of xxx journals in the category "CATEGORY".<ref name=WoS>{{cite book |year=2017 |chapter=Journals Ranked by Impact: CATEGORYNAME |title=2016 [[Journal Citation Reports]] |publisher=[[Clarivate Analytics]] |edition=Science |series=[[Web of Science]]}}</ref>
  • JournalGuide: maintains white- and blacklists of journals and lists reliable databses 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]] |accessdate=2017-10-19}}</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]] |accessdate=2017-10-19}}</ref>
  • NJournals
  • Philosopher's Index, inclusion criteria (not selective) and journal lists
  • ProQuest databases are not selective according to Jeffrey Beall
  • PsycINFO journal coverage, reference for inclusion: <ref>{{cite web |url= |publisher=[[American Psychological Association]] |title=PsycINFO Journal Coverage |accessdate=2017-10-19}}</ref>
  • Sources for journal title abbreviations
  • Scopus coverage lists; Search Scopus sourceID to cite: <ref name=Scopus>{{cite web |url= sourceID here |title=Source details: JOURNALNAME |publisher=[[Elsevier]] |work=Scopus preview |accessdate=2017-10-19}}</ref>
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory aims to be all inclusive.
  • WikiProject Journals template
  • Zentralblatt MATH title list; to cite: <ref name=MATH>{{cite web |url= |title=Serials Database |publisher=[[Springer Science+Business Media]] |work=[[Zentralblatt MATH]] |accessdate=2017-10-19}}</ref>


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

Examples of particular journals[edit]

Citing sources from JSTOR and HighBeam[edit]

Example for JSTOR[edit]

  • <ref>{{cite journal |last=Ziff |first=David |title=Fourth Amendment Limitations on the Execution of Computer Searches Conducted Pursuant to a Warrant |journal=[[Columbia Law Review]] |accessdate=14 April 2014 |volume=105 |issue=3 |pages=841–872 |url= |date=April 2005 |subscription=yes |via=[[JSTOR]]}}</ref>

Example for HighBeam[edit]

  • <ref>{{Cite news |last= Brunt |first= Jonathan |title= Solidly GOP District Seeing Spirited Race; Shea's Views Seem to Provide Opening for Biviano |newspaper= [[The Spokesman-Review]] |subscription= yes |via=[[HighBeam Research]] |accessdate= February 10, 2014 |date= October 13, 2012 |url= http://www.highbeam/doc/1P2-33774539.html}}</ref>


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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 Neurobiologiae Experimentalis
  2. Acta Neurologica Belgica
  3. Actas Españolas de Psiquiatría
  4. Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research
  5. Alexander Cools
  6. Alzheimers Research & Therapy
  7. Annali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
  8. Annual Reports on the Progress of Chemistry
  9. Anubias gilletii
  10. Anubias hastifolia
  11. Anubias pynaertii
  12. Archives Italiennes de Biologie
  13. Arie de Graaf
  14. Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
  15. ASN Neuro
  16. Behavioural Pharmacology (journal)
  17. Biosemiotics (journal)
  18. Bipolar Disorders (journal)
  19. Brain and Behavior
  20. Brain Stimulation (journal)
  21. Brain Structure and Function
  22. Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
  23. Chinese Chemical Letters
  24. Christy Holland
  25. Clinical Practice
  26. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience
  27. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
  28. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
  29. Current Opinion in Neurology
  30. Current Pediatric Research
  31. Developmental Neurobiology (journal)
  32. European Journal of Neurology
  33. Friedrich Vogel (human geneticist)
  34. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology
  35. Frontiers of Information Technology & Electronic Engineering
  36. Glia (journal)
  37. Hallo Bandoeng
  38. Hans Ferdinand Linskens
  39. International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences
  40. International Journal of Sensor Networks
  41. International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
  42. Jan Cremer
  43. Journal of Neuropathology & Experimental Neurology
  44. Journal of Neurotrauma
  45. Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience
  46. Learning & Behavior
  47. Learning & Memory
  48. Louis van de Laar
  49. Mathematical Biosciences
  50. Medicine Publishing
  51. Melly Oitzl
  52. Minosuke Hiroe
  53. Molecular Brain
  54. Molecular Neurobiology (journal)
  55. Molecular Neurodegeneration
  56. Molecular Pain
  57. Nancy Zahniser
  58. Neural Plasticity (journal)
  59. Neurobiology of Disease
  60. Neuromolecular Medicine
  61. Neurotherapeutics
  62. Neurotoxicology and Teratology
  63. Optometry and Vision Science
  64. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
  65. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior
  66. Physics Essays
  67. Progress in Brain Research
  68. Progress in Neurobiology
  69. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
  70. Richard F. Thompson
  71. Richard G. Morris
  72. Sleep (journal)
  73. Sleep Medicine Reviews
  74. Society for Economic Botany
  75. Suman Sahai
  76. The Veliger
  77. Tropicos
  78. Zangeres Zonder Naam

Where have I been[edit]

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This user has set foot in 5 continents of the world.
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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 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.