A couple small changes to Scholarpedia

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 [1] 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!

[1] That is, whoever among the authors performs the final act of publishing it.


This week’s featured author

This week’s featured author: Nobel laureate Gerard ‘t Hooft (http://ow.ly/euRCv), author and curator of “Gauge theories” http://ow.ly/euRL9.

This week’s featured author: Fred “Rusty” Gage

Along with James B. Aimone and Sebastian Jessberger, Dr. Gage (researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies) wrote a review of Adult neurogenesis. As his bio notes, the “implications of Dr. Gage and colleague’s work go well beyond the academic realm by suggesting the possibility of neuron regrowth after brain damage, a paradigm shifting discovery that has led to new advances in the fields of research and medicine.”

His bio is available on the Scholarpedia Main page.

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.)

Might competitions be used to build scholarly wiki-style encyclopedias?

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.

This week’s featured author: Geoffrey Hinton

Image of Geoffrey Hinton Geoffrey Hinton is one of Scholarpedia’s earliest contributors, and is a giant in the field of computer science, cognitive science, and computational neuroscience. He published the article Boltzmann Machine in 2007 and Deep Belief Networks in 2009. The short biography of him can be found on the Scholarpedia main page. Do check it out!

This week’s featured author: Lynette Jones

Profile image for Dr. Lynette Jones

Lynette Jones, co-author of the book Human Hand Function and Curator of the Scholarpedia article Thermal Touch, is this week’s featured author. Be sure to check out the profile of her on Scholarpedia’s Main Page!

This week’s featured author: Sebastian Jessberger

Photo of Dr. Sebastian Jessberger

In collaboration with Dr. James B. Aimone and Dr. Fred H Gage, Dr. Jessberger wrote the Adult neurogenesis, describing “the process of generating new neurons which integrate into existing circuits after fetal and early postnatal development has ceased”. 

You can see Dr. Jessberger’s profile on the Scholarpedia Main Page.

New Scholarpedia Main Page layout!

I’m excited to announce that the Scholarpedia Main Page now has a new look!  From now on it will also feature images and snippets from newly published articles.

Have any comments or feedback? Post it here!