Taxpayers pay billions of dollars for research. However, the findings from much of the resulting research are not accessible except to large universities and institutions that can afford to pay inordinate prices for publications from publishers such as Elsevier. Even in these cases, governments are paying not only to fund the research but then also to access the results from the research that they funded. This situation is unsustainable, inhibitive to scientific progress, and forces the public to have blind faith in the media’s accounts of scientific research because of expensive “paywalls”.
Most academic publishers make money either selling access to their articles or charging the authors. Scholarpedia doesn’t charge for either of these tasks. Therefore, we have to rely on volunteers for editorial activities, such as inviting and vetting reviewers and conversion from other formats (namely LaTeX) to our wiki-text format.
Are you willing to contribute? Even a couple of hours a month can help! We need more assistant editors and editors.
Graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to volunteer as assistant editors by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and / or email@example.com. Assistant editors do the following:
- conversion of articles from LaTeX (and sometimes Word) to wiki-text,
- helping authors with wiki-text markup, and
- writing the featured author columns that appear on the main page.
There are also some programming projects that would be helpful in automating the publication process.
For more information, visit http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Scholarpedia:Assistant_Editor or contact us at the above email addresses.
A Scholarpedia editor is a well-known expert in his/her field who has made a commitment to develop a topic category within Scholarpedia. Editors will invite established experts to write new articles and help guide the publication of the article. Editors must have a Ph.D. or equivalent and a record of publications in their field. To volunteer, please submit your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention whether you are interested in either the editor or assistant editor position.
Posted by jonathanwilliford on February 9, 2014
We are excited to announce the top three winners of the Brain Corporation Prize in Computational Neuroscience. The award will be presented at the Computational Neuroscience (CNS’13) meeting in Paris on July 16, 16:10.
- Second Place (408 G+1): Thomas Kreuz (2012) SPIKE-distance. Scholarpedia, 7(12):30652.
- Third Place (314 G+1): Zhe Chen and Emery N. Brown (2013) State space model. Scholarpedia, 8(3):30868.
Thanks to all who participated!
Posted by leotrottier on July 8, 2013
The Brain Corporation Prize aims to encourage researchers to make freely available the latest and best scholarly information concerning topics in computational neuroscience. To encourage additional contributions, the new deadline for participation in the Brain Corporation Prize contest has been set to June 30th, 2013.
Here are ten reasons (apart from the potential to win prize money) to consider contributing:
- Help discover what works in scholarly collaboration — participate in a global experiment on the future of scholarly research.
- Add a peer-reviewed article to your C.V.
- Support open-access publishing.
- Help the public — provide to the world an accurate article on a topic of importance to you.
- For posterity — be the author of a review that will be useful for decades to come.
- To support interdisciplinary research — encourage others to participate in compiling a free, current, and scholarly online resource.
- To see your work appear in a normal Google search — your article will likely appear within the top five search results when its topic is queried.
- For Curatorship — become a topic Curator, and help ensure that the world has trustworthy information available to them on a topic of your expertise.
- To accelerate research — help science and scholarship advance more quickly by providing an easily accessible and updatable review.
- To promote scholarly information online — help resist the glut of redundant and generic online “content” with a substantive, thoughtful, and enduring contribution.
Posted by leotrottier on January 23, 2013
We’re happy to announce two changes to the Scholarpedia interface.
Any of the article’s authors can publish it
We noticed that, after spending weeks writing collaborating and writing an article together, no member of the team of authors would ever do anything that would hurt their relationships with their coauthors. Thus, rather than restrict publication privileges to the article’s “established expert” (as decided by the article’s Sponsor(s)), as of now any of the article’s authors can choose to publish it, doing so in active consultation with the other writers of the article.
Authors choose Curator at time of publication
At time of publication, the publishing author  explicitly chooses who, from among the existing authors, becomes the article’s Curator. Of course, in order for the article to have been initially sponsored, a Sponsor needed to vouch for the fact that an established expert was among the authors. As with publication of the article itself, this is a move that will need to be made in close communication with the other authors of the article.
If you have any comments or thoughts on these changes, please feel free to comment here!
 That is, whoever among the authors performs the final act of publishing it.
Posted by leotrottier on December 2, 2012
This week’s featured author: Nobel laureate Gerard ‘t Hooft (http://ow.ly/euRCv), author and curator of “Gauge theories” http://ow.ly/euRL9.
Posted by leotrottier on October 15, 2012
Connectivity and anatomical locations of the FEF and other structures.
Congratulations to Mr. Ryan Fox Squire, Mr. Nicholas A. Steinmetz, and Dr. Tirin Moore (all at Stanford University in California), who have written and published Frontal Eye Field, the first review article of the competition! I encourage everyone to check it out.
How did they get their article out so quickly? Because Squire and colleagues are lucky in having started before the competition was announced. Fortunately for all competitors, this same opportunity is available to anyone who joins the author team of an in-progress article (these are the ones in gray as listed here).
(NOTE: This is an experiment in the future of scholarship and scholarly collaboration — if you have 30 seconds and are thinking of participating, please fill out this ultra-short survey.)
Posted by leotrottier on October 4, 2012
Current and aspiring computational neuroscientists: you are invited to participate in a global experiment in scholarship and collaboration. Scholarpedia, with funding from Brain Corporation, would like to develop as a public resource the world’s most open, comprehensive, current, and scholarly computational neuroscience encyclopedia.
To this end, Brain Corporation is offering $10,000 (US) in prizes for writing and publishing the most popular reviews on topics in this field. As a Scholarpedia entry, each article will, prior to publication, undergo normal vetting and peer-review. Only after an article is published will it be eligible to begin receiving votes.
Once the article is published, it will be made publicly available at Scholarpedia under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Scholarly and scientific information has for too long been diffusely distributed behind pay-walls. By publishing your review article in Scholarpedia, you make it permanently available to all, and can keep it current by revising it as the field advances.
Posted by leotrottier on October 1, 2012