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RFCs on citations templates and the flagging free-to-read sources[edit]


Headbomb {talk / contribs / physics / books} 16:58, 29 October 2016 (UTC)

2016 Community Wishlist Survey Proposal to Revive Popular Pages[edit]

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Greetings WikiProject Computational Biology Members!

This is a one-time-only message to inform you about a technical proposal to revive your Popular Pages list in the 2016 Community Wishlist Survey that I think you may be interested in reviewing and perhaps even voting for:

If the above proposal gets in the Top 10 based on the votes, there is a high likelihood of this bot being restored so your project will again see monthly updates of popular pages.

Further, there are over 260 proposals in all to review and vote for, across many aspects of wikis.

Thank you for your consideration. Please note that voting for proposals continues through December 12, 2016.

Best regards, SteviethemanDelivered: 17:57, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

WikiJournal of Science promotion[edit]

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The WikiJournal of Science is a start-up academic journal which aims to provide a new mechanism for ensuring the accuracy of Wikipedia's scientific content. It is part of a WikiJournal User Group that includes the flagship WikiJournal of Medicine.[1][2]. Like Wiki.J.Med, it intends to bridge the academia-Wikipedia gap by encouraging contributions by non-Wikipedians, and by putting content through peer review before integrating it into Wikipedia.

Since it is just starting out, it is looking for contributors in two main areas:


  • See submissions through external academic peer review
  • Format accepted articles
  • Promote the journal


  • Original articles on topics that don't yet have a Wikipedia page, or only a stub/start
  • Wikipedia articles that you are willing to see through external peer review (either solo or as in a group, process analagous to GA / FA review)
  • Image articles, based around an important medical image or summary diagram

If you're interested, please come and discuss the project on the journal's talk page, or the general discussion page for the WikiJournal User group.

  1. ^ Shafee, T; Das, D; Masukume, G; Häggström, M. "WikiJournal of Medicine, the first Wikipedia-integrated academic journal". WikiJournal of Medicine. 4. doi:10.15347/wjm/2017.001. 
  2. ^ "Wikiversity Journal: A new user group". The Signpost. 2016-06-15. 

T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 23:08, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

Planning WP:CompBio editathon at ISMB/ECCB 2017[edit]

Hi all, Following last year's editathon at ISMB 2016, Kierano and I are organising another at this year's ISMB/ECCB conference in Prague: Wikipedia:WikiProject Computational Biology/ISMB 2017 Editathon.

Any assistance in organising, grant application writing, ideas for activities appreciated! See the talk page for more details.

Thanks, --Amkilpatrick (talk) 02:42, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

I've always admired this initiative. I'd be happy to help out. I wonder whether there could be any integration with acadmic publishing for the finalists/winners. The WikiJournal of Science could be an appropriate target, or even Wiki.J.Med for medically relevant ones. Sadly, PLOS CompBiol is probably incompatible, since they require the article to be published in PLOS before publication on Wikipedia. Either way, I'd be happy to lend a hand writing the grant, publicising etc. T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 06:13, 9 March 2017 (UTC)
Very happy to have you on board! I've got a draft grant proposal here. I feel like the nature of the conference is such that people aren't likely to have time to make publication-sized contributions during the editathon, but it would definitely be a good thing to guide them to a path towards that as a follow-up! -Kieran (talk) 08:33, 9 March 2017 (UTC)
Ah, you're right, I mixed up the editathon with the competition! Either way, I'm still happy to help out. Depending on the time that the editathon ends up being held, I may be able to help newcomers on articles remotely. T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 10:28, 9 March 2017 (UTC)
Excellent, thanks! We had a couple of experienced editors helping out remotely last time which worked out pretty well. Great to have you involved! :) Amkilpatrick (talk) 23:25, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

Extension of 'Topic Page' review articles from PLOS Computational Biology to PLOS Genetics[edit]


The journal group PLOS is extending its 'Topic Page' review format that was spearheaded by PLOS Computational Biology to also include PLOS Genetics. In this format, accepted articles are dual-published both in the journal, and as Wikipedia pages (see Wikipedia category).

Suitable topics must either currently lack a Wikipedia page, or have only stub/start class contents. If you you would like to submit such a review article, see these guidelines. If you have any recommendations for topics to be commissioned, feel free to let any of the involved editors know: T Shafee (PLOS Gen), D Mietchen (PLOS Comp Biol).
T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 12:26, 25 March 2017 (UTC)

A blog post on the matter is now out. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 11:28, 13 April 2017 (UTC)

Popular pages report[edit]

We – Community Tech – are happy to announce that the Popular pages bot is back up-and-running (after a one year hiatus)! You're receiving this message because your WikiProject or task force is signed up to receive the popular pages report. Every month, Community Tech bot will post at Wikipedia:WikiProject Computational Biology/Popular pages with a list of the most-viewed pages over the previous month that are within the scope of WikiProject Computational Biology.

We've made some enhancements to the original report. Here's what's new:

  • The pageview data includes both desktop and mobile data.
  • The report will include a link to the pageviews tool for each article, to dig deeper into any surprises or anomalies.
  • The report will include the total pageviews for the entire project (including redirects).

We're grateful to Mr.Z-man for his original Mr.Z-bot, and we wish his bot a happy robot retirement. Just as before, we hope the popular pages reports will aid you in understanding the reach of WikiProject Computational Biology, and what articles may be deserving of more attention. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at m:User talk:Community Tech bot.

Warm regards, the Community Tech Team 17:16, 17 May 2017 (UTC)

ISMB 2017 Editathon rapid grant proposal ready for viewing -- please endorse![edit]

Hi everyone! The rapid grant proposal to run an editathon at ISMB 2017 is drafted and open for comments and endorsements. We'd like to submit it before the end of the week, and your endorsements on the grant (signing your name near the bottom) would help!

We will also be looking for volunteers to take on (brief) shifts during the day at ISMB as mentors to new editors. I'll be putting up a sign-up sheet soon, but please also sign if you're willing to help out. -Kieran (talk) 14:22, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

As of last Friday, the rapid grant proposal is now live! Any further comments or endorsements would be welcome. Thanks, Amkilpatrick (talk) 14:21, 20 June 2017 (UTC)