Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/WikiJournal User Group/2022

WikiJournal User Group/2022
With technical editors to deal with repetitive tasks, the editorial boards will be able to focus on dealing with new article submissions, including peer review. It will also allow members to spend more time in outreach, to attract new board members, authors and peer reviewers. Since WikiJournal is highly integrated with Wikimedia projects, such recruitment will bring more people to learn wiki editing and the contribution of knowledge, especially from academic people.
start date1-Jan-2022
end date31-Dec-2022
budget (local currency)USD
budget (USD)103900 USD
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
applicant and people related to proposalMain: User:Mikael Häggström
  • Administrative board members:
  • Name - Username
  • Thomas Shafee - Evolution_and_evolvability
  • Daniel Mietchen - Daniel_Mietchen
  • Felipe Schenone - Sophivorus
  • frances.dilauro - Fransplace
  • Guy George Vandegrift - Guy_vandegrift
  • Gwinyai Masukume
  • Mike Nicolaye - Taketa
  • Henry Adolph Hoff - Marshallsumter
  • Mikael Häggström - Mikael Häggström
  • Mohammed Sadat Abdulai - Masssly
organization (if applicable)WikiJournal
Review Midpoint Report

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What is the main objective of your proposal?

With technical editors to deal with repetitive tasks, the editorial boards will be able to focus on dealing with new article submissions, including peer review. It will also allow members to spend more time in outreach, to attract new board members, authors and peer reviewers. Since WikiJournal is highly integrated with Wikimedia projects, such recruitment will bring more people to learn wiki editing and the contribution of knowledge, especially from academic people.

What are the main challenges you are trying to solve and your proposed solution?

There are number of essential and time-critical tasks that need to occur during article processing (e.g. DOI assignment, version-of record typesetting, data preparation, outside communications). Many of these are currently time consuming or fiddly, but ensuring consistent and reproducible handling is of high importance and ensures volunteer time isn't undermined by technical limitations.

For organisational strategy, this ensures a smooth and seamless experience, minimising unnecessary wait times for contributors. This will also build a reputation for timeliness which is particularly important for original research outputs.

For movement strategy, our metadata records on Wikidata can act as templates for best practice in open metadata. The practice of writing scholarly articles directly online, and the building of technical tools to link front-end wiki drafting to a back-end editorial management interface has the potential to see wider uptake in the scholarly publishing community (especially academic societies, and journals in lower-middle income countries).


  • Smooth processing and technical handling
  • Updated automation and technology
  • Exemplar Wikidata records and monitoring

Program metrics and targets

  • Technical tasks able to be fully performed by technical editor(s)
  • Recruitment of 1-6 people, corresponding to 1.0 FTE distributed among them. In WikiJournal, 1 FTE corresponds to 48 hours per week
  • Training (production of materials, and ability for existing tech editor(s) to train new)

In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select a maximum of three options that most apply.

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Manage Internal Knowledge, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Where will this proposal be implemented?

United States of America

Do you want to apply for multi-year funding?


Project ProposalEdit

Describe your main strategies to achieve the objective and the activities you will be developing as part of these strategies.

The WikiJournal User Group needs to be highly visible outside of the Wikimedia community, since a key aim is to build bridges with international expert communities. It additionally needs to both learn from and share with the Wikimedia community, given its unique capabilities and perspectives.

For organisational strategy, continuously reaching additional potential participants is particularly important, as we rely on a large proportion of first time (and often one-off) Wikimedia contribution from people in author and peer reviewer roles.

For movement strategy, this forwards our shared goals in raising engagement amongst expert contributor communities, which are highly valuable to engage and brining into the movement.


  • Awareness within the Wikimedia movement of group's activities
  • Awareness outside of Wikimedia movement of group's activities

Program metrics and targets

  • For non-Wikimedia expert communities
  • Presentation at conferences, symposia,
  • Indexing inclusion
  • Professional memberships
  • Wikimedia affiliate connections (user groups, chapters and thematics orgs), either:
  • have member of affiliate attend a WJ meeting
  • have WJ member attend affiliate meeting
  • Coverage of all affiliates: 50%
  • Wikimedia events, ensure presentaion(s) at:
  • Wikidata con
  • Wikicite
  • Wikimania

What is your organization or group's mission?

The mission of the WikiJournals is to publish scholarly works with no cost for the authors, apply quality checks on submissions by expert academic peer review, and make accepted works available online free of charge in perpetuity.

Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries?


Please state if you will be carrying out any of these activities within your programs? Select all that apply.

Organizing Meet-up online, Workshops, Train-the-Trainer, Conference/Event Organizing, Media outreach campaign, Central organizing for movement campaign

Are you running any in-person events or activities?


Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified content knowledge gaps?

Content Gender gap, Age (regency), Geography, Language, Socioeconomic Status, Sexual Orientation, Important Topics (topics considered to be of impact or important in the specific context), Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select all categories that apply.

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Geographic, Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Disabilities, Linguistic / Language, Socioeconomic status, Age, Digital Access

Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or thematic focus.

Education, Diversity

Please tell us more about your target participants.

WikiJournal has a strong interest in having editorial boards that represents geographic areas equally. After all, a major advantage of the wiki-model in publishing is that there does not need to be additional costs for article formatting, thereby contributing to the ability of WikiJournal to publish without charge for authors or readers, and this means that high-income and low-income countries can contribute more equally to the sum of all human knowledge. WikiJournal has an official Ethics statement aiming to avoid any negative effect on the ability to publish based on for example ""nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors"" (

Do you have plans to work with other Wikimedia communities, groups or affiliates in your country, or in other countries, to implement this proposal?


Please tell us about these connections online and offline and how you have let Wikimedia communities know about this proposal.

Financial updates are shared with the community through the public email list:

Important matters are also brought up at:

The project also arranges regular combined meetings (notes here:

Routine outreach to potential peer reviewers and authors is performed by editorial board members or other volunteers (""peer review coordinators""), by email invitations.

Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedian partners to implement this proposal? Please describe these partnerships.

Back end development

How do you hope to sustain or expand the work carried out in this proposal after the grant?

The hiring of technical editors gives more time for editorial board members and other volunteers to invite authors and peer reviewers, as well as inviting additional board members.

Also, in the timeframe of January 1 to Dec 31, 2022, WikiJournal will potentially start the process for creating the administrative infrastructure for having a paid Chief Executive Officer. The infrastructure (including Bylaws modifications, responsibilities and guidelines) and subsequent election of a paid Chief Executive Officer will be approved by voting in the WikiJournal community. The Chief Executive Officer will report to the administrative board of WikiJournal. If this will be completed before a subsequent grant, the payment of a Chief Executive Officer will be shared with the technical editors, so as to amount to a total workload of no more than 1 FTE.

The project is expected to have a large potential to grow, to fill its niche of allowing authors to write their articles directly online, following by academic peer review, and the ability to utilize for example images across Wikimedia Foundation projects.

Have you received grants from the Wikimedia Foundation before?

Applied previously and did receive a grant

Have you received grants from any non-wiki organization before?


Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

Please see overview of participants at:

In summary there are approximately 100 main participants:

  • - 17 editorial board members of WikiJournal of Medicine
  • - 31 editorial board members of WikiJournal of Science
  • - 25 editorial board members of WikiJournal of Humanities
  • - 21 total associate editors
  • - 6 technical editors
  • - 10 administrative board members

Please state if your organization or group has a Strategic Plan that can help us further understand your proposal. You can also upload it here. (optional)

Upload Strategic Plan
Organizational Strategy 2021-2024

Learning, Sharing, and EvaluationEdit

What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?

The project is constantly learning from the challenges, including article submissions of emerging sciences.

Of particular interest is the precise responsibilities that the new technical editors should have, which the project will have to learn from experience. The project did have a trial run of an initial technical editor back in 2020 ( where basic responsibilities were outlined, but the scale of the current hiring will provide many new opportunities for learning and improving.

Core MetricsEdit

Enter a description of the metric and a number in the target field. If the metric does not apply to you, enter N/A for not applicable.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants There are so far 15 articles published for 2021, and with approximately 2 authors and 2 peer reviewers per article it amounted to approximately 60 mainly new participants. The project hopes to at least double the amount of published articles with the help of the grant. 120
Number of editors Each author or peer reviewer gets introduced to wiki editing, with the hope of continuing to contribute to Wikimedia Foundation projects in their areas of academic expertise. 120
Number of organizers The projects hopes to expand its number of board members, associate editors and technical editors beyond the current number of approximately 100. 20
Wikiversity Published articles are displayed in Wikiversity. Content can then easily be used across Wikimedia projects, according to inclusion criteria by each project. For example, content from review articles that are written with reliable sources may be integrated into Wikipedia articles of the corresponding subject, potentially including dozens of pieces per WikiJournal article. 200

If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

Additional MetricsEdit

Enter a description of the metric and a number in the target field. If the metric does not apply to you, enter N/A for not applicable.

Additional Metrics Description Target
Number of editors that continue to participate/retained after activities
Number of organizers that continue to participate/retained after activities
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability
Feedback from participants on effective strategies for attracting and retaining contributors
Diversity of participants brought in by grantees
Number of people reached through social media publications
Number of activities developed
Number of volunteer hours

What other information will you be collecting to learn about the impacts of your activities? (optional)

The following items can be directly generated by WikiData:

Number of content pages created and improved: ___

  • - Of which, those having content integrated into WP: ___
  • - Number of new contributors (author role): ___
  • Number of new contributors (reviewer role): ___
  • - Number of new contributors (editor role): ___
  • - Of those, outside of N. America + Europe: ___

Also, the project aims to also measure contributor growth by:

  • - Number of new members (mailing list subscribers): ___
  • - Number of new followers (soc. media): ___

What tools would you use to measure each metric selected?

WikiData can directly measure multiple metrics as specified above. WikiData can also:
  • - Wikidata store all WJ article-level metadata
  • Wikidata can also sufficiently complete autogenerated dashboard/reports on:
  • - Countries of editors, authors and reviewers
  • - Article processing times and stages (per-journal and per-editor?)
  • - Content themes

How do you hope to share these results so that others can learn from them?

Create a video of our experience, Make a short presentation of the experience, Share results on social media, Share results with our communities, Develop learning material for other users, Share it on Meta-Wiki

Financial ProposalEdit

What is the amount you are requesting from WMF? Please provide this amount in your local currency. If you are thinking about a multi-year fund, please provide the amount for the first year.


What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?

103900 USD

Please share your budget for this proposal.

See also attached budget plan.
Budget (as PDF)


  • Short video explainers 500 Technical elements for member onboarding
  • Crossref membership 275 Publisher membership with revenue

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