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.

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.