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

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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

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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!

Creative Commons licensing and changes to the Terms of Use

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I’m pleased to announce that, as of this posting, nearly all of Scholarpedia is available for use under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 license!

One exception to this policy is proposed articles that have not yet been published: many authors would rather not have incomplete work distributed under their name as though it were a finished product. Check the bottom of each page to be sure about an article’s licensing status. Another exception is the licensing of some files uploaded to Scholarpedia.