Research discussion forum

Welcome to Wikiversity's research discussion forum! This forum exists to discuss research projects, reports, methodologies, methods, theories, etc. - in short, a place for researchers to discuss things that are potentially helpful for their work. Wikiversity aims to build a community of researchers, dedicated to learning about doing research through sharing, discussing, critiquing, and perhaps even editing!

A research session at Wikimania 2006, in Harvard


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Less Energy All Fresh Air - LEAFA is Enviromental Energy ResearchEdit

Is writing a standard specification on topic?Edit

I am writing a technical standard specification. Is it on-topic if I put my draft at WikiVersity site (in the "research" section)?

2009 Wikiversity research policy updateEdit

Please join in a review of research projects that have been conducted at Wikiversity and the proposal that there be "an explicit ban on 'case studies' using real examples of non-notable people, in exchange for hypotheticals". Participate at: the main research guidelines discussion page.

Non-free research projectsEdit

I'm afraid to release my research (collaborative using a wiki) under Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License, because it may probably hinder its peer-reviewed publication.

Can I indeed benefit in some way interacting with Wikiversity? Maybe we can place somewhere on the Wikiversity site a link to my research wiki?

Can we develop a policy for non-free research projects with Wikiversity? (The preceding unsigned comment was added by VictorPorton (talkcontribs) 05:09, 16 October 2009)

Some thoughts:
  • Yes, you can add links from Wikiversity where relevant/appropriate to your research hosted elsewhere.
  • You may be able to add some parts/sections to Wikiversity.
  • You could strive to publish in open journals which are peer-reviewed in which case there should be no problem with also publishing your research on Wikiversity.
Sincerely, James -- Jtneill - Talk - c 21:53, 15 October 2009 (UTC)

Well, where on Wikiversity I can put a link to a math research writing project (a draft wiki book)? I have not found such a place on Wikiversity. VictorPorton 14:06, 8 December 2009 (UTC)

I'd ask the possible peer-review publishers. I think some have explicit policies on posting drafts online for review prior to submission. Many moderately mathematical fields usually publish first on arXiv, then publish in peer-reviewed journals, with no problems. Many publishers, even non-open-access ones, permit the publishing of preprints. HLHJ (discusscontribs) 21:02, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

Independent Research InstitutesEdit

Should Independent Research Institutes like GreySmith Institute of Advanced Studies be allowed, within the WikiVersity umbrella, and if so, under what rules and limitations? Contact me at my user page for comments

Peer-reviewed research under wikiversitiesEdit


I try to develop a mechanism allowing peer-reviewing under wikis so there can be free - open AND peer-reviewed research. I'd like this model to be followed for public funded research. And it seems that experienced wikimedians have all the cards in hand. If you are interested in the project, I started it in the french wikiversity but also in Enipedia a dedicated wiki for industrial ecology. We can duplicate the english version (from enipedia) under wikiversity.

I noticed it was of interest to at least contributors of this page from previous discussions ( Graeme E. Smith HLHJ Jtneill VictorPorton).

Best regards


PS: It seems notif template do not operate here. {{notif|HLHJ|Jtneill|Graeme E. Smith|VictorPorton}} gives : Template:Notif

--RP87 (discusscontribs) 13:51, 21 December 2015 (UTC)

@RP87, I'm not sure if I quite understand the difference from WikiJournal User Group, could you explain the relationship? HLHJ (discusscontribs) 05:42, 27 January 2019 (UTC)

As you may have notice, the message you replied to is from 2015. But I'm still interested in discussing the matter of course. I discussed the topic with Mikael Häggström in 2016 (see [1]). The difference between these project lies in the position in the knowledge creation steps. This implies (I believe its at lest one of the root cause) divergence on the use of semantic web tools and how it interacts with reading and reviewing the literature. The disciplinary fragmentation kept under current wikijournals, though it looks like the naming of journals follows some idea of 'reuniting sciences', will remain as long as the structure (domain names and structuring tools) keeps disciplinary borders. Wikijournals (as can be seen in WikiJournal User Group is (was?) still viewed with a central 'board' and as an 'end of line process' (see WikiJournal_of_Humanities/Submission and the discussion on the mail address for submissions and 'who would take it in charge'.)
--RP87 (discusscontribs) 14:51, 27 January 2019 (UTC)

Wikiversity Research Hub - A tool for collaborative researchEdit

I elaborated this diagram showing a way Wikiversity can be a tool for collaborative research.

I started the stub pages Medical Research and Drug discovery as a starting example of how we could use Wikiversity.

I will keep working on it during the following days. —Arthurfragoso (discusscontribs) 23:47, 2 July 2019 (UTC)

Wikiversity Research Hub diagram

Research proposals?Edit

Hello there. I am thinking of using Wikiversity for "research proposals". A proposal would be a page outlining a research project, discussing the state of the art, linking the relevant literature and Wikipedia pages, discussing the difficulty, novelty and interest of the project, etc. There would however be no intention to write about the actual research at Wikiversity (if it eventually gets done): rather, research proposal pages would help researchers (such as myself) discuss and prioritize projects, relate projects to one another, discuss which projects to pursue, recruit collaborators, etc.

The question is whether "research proposals" fall within the scope of the existing research projects. Should I use the existing category, or create a new category called "research proposal" or something like that? Sylvain Ribault (discusscontribs) 21:44, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

For the moment I am using Category:Research for tagging research proposals. Sylvain Ribault (discusscontribs) 22:01, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Research project hosted in Wikiversity for open contributionsEdit

Hi, we are a small consortium of research institutions working on an open science / open approach for a current project under development for "mapping" and classifying an inventarium of existing algorithms in different cases and uses. For this, moving our previous content and classification pages (around 8 algorithm "species" classified and described so far), as well as creating new landing pages on the project's aim, info, etc I was wondering if creating a new Wikiversity research project would be possible.

Here's more info on the project (in German, num .3 Algorithm Inventarium (AL+)) as selected for a pilot phase, the one we could document and work here for a "contributory" approach (so new users could complete existing info on algorithms as described and analysed, or crate new pages with new ones, etc). I guess this could also mean to create anew category FYI Sylvain Ribault, and some sort of "landing page" where to describe the goals, methodology, participants, etc... Enric Senabre14:10, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Sure you can create a Wikiversity research project. Probably you will also need to create categories, thematic or functional. Sylvain Ribault (discusscontribs) 21:57, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

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