Grants:Project/Rapid/WikiJournal 2020

Budget 2020
start dateMay 25
start year2020
end dateDec 31
end year2020
budget (local currency)$2,000
budget (USD)$2,000
grant typeIndividual (on behalf of WikiJournal User Group)
non-profit statusYes
organization (if applicable)• On behalf of WikiJournal User Group
website (if applicable)• On behalf of WikiJournal User Group

Project GoalEdit

Briefly explain what are you trying to accomplish with this project, or what do you expect will change as a result of this grant. Example goals include, "recruit new editors", "add high quality content", or "train existing editors on a specific skill".

The goal of WikiJournal User Group is to publish scholarly works with no cost for the authors, apply quality checks on submissions by expert peer review, and make accepted works available on the Internet free of charge, in perpetuity. It applies academic peer review to their content. WikiJournals emphasize transparency throughout the publication process, from peer review to the final version. Thereby, WikiJournal encourages editors to not only summarize existing human knowledge, but also to build upon it. Also, WikiJournals acquire articles containing media (such as images) to enrich Wikipedia articles. It uses an open-access academic publishing model, which scholars and academics may be more familiar with, and so provides citable, indexed articles. It thus generates both quality content and increased participation in Wikimedia projects.

Further information
WikiJournal User Group

Project PlanEdit


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. What will you and other organizers spend your time doing?

This grant is to cover the expenses of WikiJournal User Group through 2020. As detailed in Resources below, it will cover its technical infrastructure as well as affiliations for publication ethics. It will allow participants to continue their various roles in the project (as counted January 25, 2020):

This will keep enabling numerous authors to contribute to the world of open knowledge, and peer reviewers to provide quality assurance, through the year 2020.

How will you let others in your community know about your project (please provide links to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions)? Why are you targeting a specific audience?

We are spreading the word about this project in WikiProjects such as WikiProject Medicine. We reach out to individual users about ways to contribute, and make occasional entries in the Signpost and WMF blog. We expect multiple additional presentations and media mentions similarly to last year (see 2019 report) Target audience often correspond to any interest in the existing coverage of the journals (science, medicine, humanities), but the project also welcomes the potential expansion of new journals in other fields as well.

What will you have done at the end of your project? How will you follow-up with people that are involved with your project?

There will be a quantifiable display of articles published throughout the year. Peer reviews of each article will be publicly displayed on each respective Discuss/Talk page.


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals?' Please include the following targets and feel free to add more specific to your project:

  1. Number of total participants: Aimed at having editorial board members and associate editors increasing by at least 15-20. In comparison, they increased by 16 in 2019.
  2. Number of articles created or improved: 20+. It is expected to increase from the 19 in 2019, with the introduction of a technical editor to deal with repetitive technical tasks, allowing editors to focus on more articles.


What resources do you have? Include information on who is the organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

$1433 in remaining funds from the budget year of 2019, see report at: Grants:Project/Rapid/WikiJournal 2019/Report.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense:

$1241 for continued hiring of a technical editor to handle repetitive technical tasks (duties are further described at WikiJournal User Group/Technical editor.
$275: Continued Crossref membership [1], which gives us the tool to give doi codes to all articles of all included journals. This allows external sites and journals to cite these works with a link that always directs to the article, even if the URL changes.
$224: Continued Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) membership for WikiJMed of £171. [2] It serves as a certification of good ethical practices, and is a pathway to influence ethics guidelines for user-created content.
$224: Application COPE membership for WikiJSci of £171. Feed payed per journal until we reach 4 or more journals, at which point flat fee as publishing group up to 10 journals.
$36: Domain fees for (WikiJournal of Medicine), (WikiJournal of Science), and (WikiJournal of Humanities), each costing $12 per year.

note: technical editor budget request increased from $1000 last year, with social media budget not requested for renewal.

Total needed:

$2000 through year 2020

Grant requested: This is the result of the funds needed minus remaining funds from last year ($2000 - $1433)