Wikipedia:WikiProject Neuroscience

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Welcome to WikiProject Neuroscience, a project that aims to create and improve all Wikimedia neuroscience and brain-related resources. Welcome also Society for Neuroscience members! Please see here for information on how to get started.

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Comprehensive, Understandable, Accurate

The goal of this project is to help Wikimedia provide comprehensive, understandable, and accurate resources on neuroscience-related topics. We aim to ensure that all neuroscience-related articles on Wikipedia are clear, well-referenced, and include proper use of media, and that all neuroscience-related resources on other Wikimedia projects are comprehensive. The end product should be resources with in-depth, qualitative information that are accessible enough to be encyclopedia articles but well-referenced enough for academic use.

To fulfill these aims, the project will initially focus on articles covering broad ideas and concepts. The project will then develop more detailed, specific articles as well as other types of resources. This top-down approach will allow Wikipedia to serve immediately as a useful resource that becomes more detailed over time, with other Wikimedia projects following suit.

This project's approach is to cover the brain from a cross-species, multidisciplinary perspective. This should provide detailed information about the distinct differences between species, and explain some possible evolutionary/ecological reasons for such differences. We aim to integrate information from the cellular/molecular level all the way up to the cognitive/clinical level.

The history of neuroscience will also be an area of focus. The progress of theories and ideas is important to understanding current scientific thinking. This includes "History" sections in articles, biography articles, articles on refuted theories, and articles about historical institutions. For people interested specifically in contributing to the history of neuroscience content, visit this page.

Simplicity and depth

Basic questions should have simple answers. A major goal of this project is to ensure that neuroscience resources are not only comprehensive enough for a specialist, but should be engagingly presented and simple enough for laymen and children alike.

Areas of coverage

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The following is a list of areas which this project hopes to cover. There will, no doubt, be overlap with existing and related projects but this can only help.
(Statistics on most-viewed neuroscience pages.)

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How you can help

Anybody can help!

  1. Identify target articles-particularly covering fundamental concepts and ideas.
  2. Improve and discuss the proposed structures of articles.
  3. Improve articles yourself!
  4. Leave comments here for feedback.
  5. Specifically, the greatest need at the moment is for images: photos, figures, or drawings that convey scientifically important messages. We currently lack good illustrations for many of the most basic concepts in neuroscience: for example, we don't have a good electron micrograph of an ordinary synapse. If you are the owner of any graphics that might be useful, and are willing to make them available under a license that makes them usable in Wikipedia (you can require attribution, but can't forbid commercial use or modification), please donate them to Wikimedia Commons. Artistic merit is always nice, but scientific value is more important. Image donations will be very much appreciated even if you don't make any other contribution to Wikimedia. If you have any questions, feel free to raise them on the Talk page of this article.

Focus articles

This section lists relatively complete articles which are fundamental to neuroscience which should be worked on to meet Featured Article criteria. This section emphasizes the general before the specific.

Lists of other content to work on include:

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The following featured pictures are neuroscientific in subject:


Please add {{WPNEURO|class= |importance= }} to the talk page of neuroscience articles, which will display the {{WikiProject Neuroscience}} template:

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WikiProject icon This page is within the scope of WikiProject Neuroscience, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of Neuroscience on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
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Please add {{User Soc Neurosci}} to your user space if you are a contributor to the Society for Neuroscience Wikipedia Initiative:

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