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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. — Preceding unsigned comment added by LeadSongDog (talkcontribs) 11:44, 13 December 2013

Democracy & Nature[edit]

A few SPA/COI editors are arguing here that this article does not need to adhere to our writing guide (notably the inclusion of lists of the editorial board and contributors), because there exist some articles on other magazines/journals that should be cleaned first. The situation has spilled over to ANI (at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents#COI editing and personal attacks on Democracy & Nature and Talk:Democracy & Nature), where it has hardly received any attention except from the involved parties). Some independent knowledgeable eyes would be welcome. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Randykitty (talkcontribs) 12:14, 8 September 2015‎

Tagging run for WP Journals.[edit]

I've just asked for a tagging run at WP:BOTREQ#Tagging for WP Journals. It's mostly the same as we did in the past, but feel free to comment there. Headbomb {talk / contribs / physics / books} 17:18, 5 April 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Musicologica Austriaca[edit]

The only participants in this Afd are up till now the proposer (me) and the article creator. More views from knowledgeable editors are urgently needed. Thanks. --Randykitty (talk) 15:01, 14 May 2016 (UTC)

Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences[edit]


I think this one belongs to you. Face-smile.svg

From January 2016 onward, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences is published by Elsevier and not by Wiley anymore. You can find the announcement here: You can find the new website here: Most of the articles are also free, and you don't have to go to ScienceDirect to get them.

In the Wikipedia article, I already changed the links in the box and under the external links. You could work on the rest of the article.


Georginho (talk) 21:23, 18 May 2016 (UTC)

NY entomological journals[edit]

There are a number of articles on NY entomological journals that have an intertwined history (some just simple renames) and that all basically consist of the same overly complicated table. See discussion here: Talk:Entomologica Americana (New York Entomological Society). Input from knowledgeable editors is welcome. --Randykitty (talk) 14:15, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

New journal but no article as yet.[edit]

Hi; can I add the title of a new open access journal to the 'Ubiquity Press academic journals category' if it does not have an article? The journal is called 'Citizen Science: Theory and Practice'.Richard Nowell (talk) 00:05, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Not technically possible: if you try to edit that category, it'll notice it's empty, as it's generated automatically from the tagged pages. fgnievinski (talk) 02:49, 23 May 2016 (UTC)
OK thanks for reply. Could a WP article on an organisation involved with a Ubiquity Press journal in a big way be included within the aforementioned category if there was a section on that journal in the organistion's article? For instance, I'm about to prepare an article on the organization The Citizen Science Association (CSA). It has very recently started a journal 'Citizen Science: Theory and Practice' (CSTP) which it publishes with Ubiquity Press. If I added a worthwhile section to the CSA article on that journal, might the article then be included within the category 'Ubiquity Press academic journals category'? Richard Nowell (talk) 09:43, 23 May 2016 (UTC)
The rule for wp:Notability is a topic is that we create an article on needs reliable sources that substantially discuss that topic. Without that, we don't create, or keep, a Wikipedia article on that topic. New journals rarely rise to this threshold, unless they are created amidst some particular controversy, for instance, as might happen when an entire editorial board resigns enmass over a dispute with a publisher and sets up a competing journal.LeadSongDog come howl! 21:20, 23 May 2016 (UTC)
Yes, I'd forgotten about wp:Notability. I'd assumed that any modern scientific journal would be notable. I'll proceed with the article about the non-profit CSA, which I consider is notable, and include a paragraph or two on the new journal. After it's gained some traction at some point in the future, a stub article about CSTP might be more appropriate. Thankyou for your thoughts. Richard Nowell (talk) 06:13, 24 May 2016 (UTC)

Science (journal) changing of the guard[edit]

FYI, as of May 25, Jeremy Berg named new "Science" editor-in-chief --->(link here)<--- ----Steve Quinn (talk) 21:13, 5 June 2016 (UTC)

WP:JCW seems to mirror-ish Pagerank[edit]

According to [1] (see Table 1, p.2), it seems of all the metrics out there, WP:JCW/Popular1 seems to closely mirror PageRank sorting, especially if you include abbreviations and alternate spellings for our ranking.

An interesting factoid, I thought. Headbomb {talk / contribs / physics / books} 02:33, 5 July 2016 (UTC)

Wiener klinische Wochenschrift[edit]

I started an article on Wiener klinische Wochenschrift, a medical journal first published in 1887 or 1888. Ulrich's says that it is peer-reviewed. Eastmain (talkcontribs) 05:01, 13 July 2016 (UTC)

@Eastmain: Well, it is quite amazing that this journal has been existence for so long! Also, it appears to have an impact factor so that means it is peer reviewed.
I will try to do more research on this later. ---Steve Quinn (talk) 05:40, 13 July 2016 (UTC)
Everything looks good. It is on the Springer website. Steve Quinn (talk) 15:12, 13 July 2016 (UTC)

Category:Paid-inclusion open access journals[edit]

Anybody here ever heard of "paid-inclusion open access journals"?? I just discovered that we have a cat for that. The description on its talk page seems rather POV/OR to me. --Randykitty (talk) 22:46, 3 August 2016 (UTC)

I don't see the "paid-inclusion" as a widely used term for journals; it could well be OR. Open access journals can have publication fees or submission fees, with submission fee sometimes being a red flag for a predatory journal. Sometimes papers are included/published with no peer review at predatory journals, making any fees similar to that of a vanity press. But "paid inclusion" conflates all those and doesn't seem too helpful as a category. --Mark viking (talk) 23:28, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
I've taken it to CfD and propose upmerging into the parent cat. Input at the CfD is welcome, of course. --Randykitty (talk) 16:00, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

Modern phytomorphology[edit]

This journal is at AFD. More input of knowledgeable editors is welcome (Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Modern phytomorphology). Thanks. --Randykitty (talk) 15:50, 9 August 2016 (UTC)


Currently JAMA redirects to JAMA (journal), but given that Jama is a disambiguation page, is this a good idea? Should JAMA redirect to Jama instead? Would like to hear other editors' opinions on this. Everymorning (talk) 22:42, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

  • I think that would make more sense than the current situation. Otherwise, if JAMA does not need to go to Jama because it so obviously is about the journal, then we wouldn't need the "(journal)" dab. --Randykitty (talk) 22:44, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

Announcing WikiConference North America in San Diego, Fri-Mon 7-10 October[edit]

I am inviting participants in WikiProject Academic Journals to WikiConference North America to be held in San Diego Friday to Monday 7-10 October. Here are further details:

  • The conference includes several submission tracks of interest to people who work with academic journals
  • We are accepting submissions until 31 August.
  • We are accepting scholarship applications 9 August - 23 August. About 40 scholarships are available only for people in Canada, the US, and Mexico. Last year about 200 people applied for scholarships.
  • More volunteers are needed. In the usual wiki-way, anyone may comment on program submissions. At the conference in person, all staff will be volunteer and all attendees are encouraged check in with conference organizers about volunteering for the task queue even for an hour. Anyone interested may contact Flonight and Rosiestep to offer volunteer support.
  • Major sponsorship for the conference comes from the San Diego Public Library who are providing the venue and a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • This is the third year of this conference, with WikiConference USA being in New York in 2014 and in Washington DC in 2015. Check the schedules of those for examples of what kinds of programming will be offered this year.

Discussion about the conference on-wiki could happen at meta:WikiConference North America.

I am one of the organizers for this event. If anyone has questions or comments, then conversation can happen here at this WikiProject also. I am advocating for topics related to the use of academic journals in Wikipedia to be well represented at this event. If any participants at this WikiProject wants to talk by video about the conference, I am available to meet by video chat if you email me. I might, for example, support anyone in making a presentation submission if you are unfamiliar with the wiki conference format. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:09, 10 August 2016 (UTC)


There are currently several AfD and CfD debates going on that really could need some input from knowledgeable editors. In one it is argued that inclusion of a journal in GScholar makes it notable, provided the journal is peer-reviewed. I would be interested to hear the opinions of editors here on this to see whether this reflects community consensus. A list of the different XfDs is on the main page of this project. Thanks. --Randykitty (talk) 09:35, 13 August 2016 (UTC)

To those who are interested, you can find some of the discussions listed here at deletion sorting category: Journalism (e.g. see Modern phytomorphology or African Journal of Neurological Sciences). Ajpolino (talk) 12:31, 19 August 2016 (UTC)

Archives of Clinical Microbiology[edit]

I've just created the Flexal virus article from a CC-BY 3.0 paper published in Archives of Clinical Microbiology, a relatively recently created open-access journal: is it suitable as a WP:RS for this sort of article? On a wider topic, what would be the best way to check journal reputation for recently-created online journals? Thanks, -- The Anome (talk) 11:37, 21 August 2016 (UTC)

  • The publisher of this journal is on Jeffrey Beall's list of predatory publishers. Indeed, if you have a look at the homepage of the journal ( One of the first things you see is a "journal impact factor" (with an asterisk saying that it is an estimate generated using GScholar) and a "global impact factor", a known bogus rating. Just out of curiosity, I went to the most recent issue and read the "Editor Note" (in the article itself the "citation" correctly says "Editor's Note", but the header had "Editor Note" again). It contains several grammatical mistakes. The author has a Chinese name, so is perhaps not a native speaker, but works in Hawaii, so having the 1 paragraph "note" read by a native speaker should not have been a problem. That neither the editor nor the publisher seem to care enough to do something about this does not instill much confidence, either. In short, the inclusion on Beall's list is already enough for me to steer away from a journal. What I've seen of this particular one confirms Beall's judgement. I'd steer away from it and not trust anything it publishes. --Randykitty (talk) 12:45, 21 August 2016 (UTC)
    • What a pity. I wonder whether the failure of the DOIs to resolve might be related to this. I've deleted the article. -- The Anome (talk) 13:15, 21 August 2016 (UTC)
    • Update: I've now created a new version of this article which does not depend on this source. -- The Anome (talk) 12:56, 24 August 2016 (UTC)