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OpenWetWare:Reviews is an experiment in providing always up-to-date scientific reviews. When a new publication comes out it can be easily incorporated into the review by OWW editors. This should be a win-win for both the review-writer (less work) and the readers (who get a more up-to-date resource). We'll be trying reviews with a 'curator' (as discussed for consensus protocols) as well as ones without.

Next steps

  1. Wikify some existing OA reviews
  2. Try and get the original author (or someone expert in the topic area) to be the curator for a few of the articles.
  3. Leave some of the articles curator-free as a trial, still not clear if you want/need a curator.

Wikify existing Reviews

  • At the moment it looks like we should find good reviews in PLoS and BMC, as they are the only journals that allow derivative works. If there is a review in a journal where the author retains copyright, then we can ask the author to release a pre-print version under a CC license and that should work too. (see the talk page)

Curators wanted

  • Jasonk 11:37, 6 March 2007 (EST): Anyone interested in being a curator for a review in their field of expertise? I can't promise you scientific rewards yet, but I suspect this will become an accepted form of merit down the line ;)


  • Is there an easy way to search only OA journals?
    • Looks like best bet would be to search known OA journals such as BMC or PLoS.
    • not sure if this is just OA, but just for UK I think: --Johncumbers 19:46, 6 March 2007 (EST)
      • Yeah, I don't think PMC is OA, rather it is mainly "free", which is worse -- "All the articles in PMC are free (sometimes on a delayed basis). Some journals go beyond free, to Open Access." (from the PMC homepage).

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