Ten reasons to participate in Scholarpedia’s $10k Brain Corporation contest

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:

  1. Help discover what works in scholarly collaboration — participate in a global experiment on the future of scholarly research.
  2. Add a peer-reviewed article to your C.V.
  3. Support open-access publishing.
  4. Help the public — provide to the world an accurate article on a topic of importance to you.
  5. For posterity — be the author of a review that will be useful for decades to come.
  6. To support interdisciplinary research — encourage others to participate in compiling a free, current, and scholarly online resource.
  7. 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.
  8. For Curatorship — become a topic Curator, and help ensure that the world has trustworthy information available to them on a topic of your expertise.
  9. To accelerate research — help science and scholarship advance more quickly by providing an easily accessible and updatable review.
  10. To promote scholarly information online — help resist the glut of redundant and generic online “content” with a substantive, thoughtful, and enduring contribution.

And they’re off! The competition’s first review is published!

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.)