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.