This page provides guidelines for research in Wikiversity.


Research Guidelines
Scope of Research
Review Board

The nature of research edit

Research can be described as an active, diligent, and systematic process of inquiry aimed at discovering, interpreting and revising knowledge. Research investigations aim to produce a greater understanding of events, behaviors, or theories, and to make practical applications through policies, laws and theories.

The learning projects are used to direct Wikiversity. Learning projects that have goals and objectives that are currently unattainable or that require the development of new knowledge are classified as research learning projects.

There are many theoretical and practical dimensions to research. Some are outlined on this page and briefly discussed.

Scope of research in Wikiversity edit

See the Scope of Research Policy page at the Wikiversity multilingual hub.

Research is an integral part of advanced education and professional work in many fields. Wikiversity may support research education and practice in various ways, some of which may be unique or very needed in society.

Research issues to be resolved include what kind of research will be hosted on Wikiversity, whether there will be active research on Wikiversity, and, if so, how it can be managed. Please add ideas below.

In universities, different types of service offices handle various of the issues below. As Wikiversity grows, perhaps policies and networks of interested individuals might grow to facilitate research work.

The responsibility for articulating the topics here may fall with Wikiversity, a school or individual instructors. How this is so should perhaps be stated clearly for some issues.

The topics below might need to be discussed in detail on new pages.

Internal and external research edit

Internal research is research by Wikiversity participants for Wikiversity purposes. External research is research into various aspects of the world for presentation as general findings.

Wikimedia and Wikiversity edit

What is the relationship of Wikimedia sponsored research, internal research by other Wikimedia projects, and Wikiversity based research?

Degree of institutional review edit

Based partly on the internal/external distinction and partly on research ethics (regarding research on persons), program evaluation research, research exercises by students, and research for publication require different kinds of rigor in preparation, institutional review, and administration. What will the criteria be in Wikiversity for working with these different types of research?

Research ethics edit

Main page: Research Ethics

The ethical guidelines for scientific research in the developed world are well established by governmental agencies, professional societies, universities, and journal publishers. Unethical research is not permitted on Wikiversity.

See overview of topic, important instructional links and what Wikiversity could offer regarding research ethics at Research Ethics.

Original research and literature review edit

Main page: Original research

Wikiversity is devoted to exploration on both sides of the boundary between the known and the unknown. Original research is the use of research method in the exploration of scientific questions. Literature reviews are the study of past research findings.

For students, there is a natural progression from doing literature reviews (secondary research) to original (primary) research. Within Wikiversity, all original research should be clearly identified as such: the original research template or research project template are useful for this.

Different guidelines may or may not pertain to original research and literature reviews. Sometimes the boundary between primary and secondary research is not clear. A critical review of previously published ideas and data can lead to the discovery of new ideas. Policies and practices need to be developed for wikischolars to guide and assist learners in engaging in research.

Research learning projects edit

Wikiversity is structured around learning projects. Learning projects structured around the development of currently unavailable knowledge, techniques, methods, or devices are all appropriate for Wikiversity. Where are the research learning projects? Waiting for you to create them!

Lunar Boom Town is actively researching how Wikiversity can establish and support advanced edutainment communities that allow engineering venture teams to advance the state of space applicable technologies while helping entertain and educate each others dependents, customers, and suppliers. The basic question is whether the millions of effort hours applied to video games each year can be siphoned into productive design and possibly test efforts to reduce the overall capital requirements for space settlements. Mirwin 17:45, 13 December 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Research education edit

Theory edit

Almost all fields have various theoretical aspects. The study of the theory and history of various fields may overlap with the study of various types of research methods. Ongoing education in theory needs to be integrated with education about research methods and analysis.

Doing research edit

Research is a complex social or scientific activity, and there are a range of theoretical paradigms, methodologies, and methods to help guide the researcher. For more on this see our Introduction to research.

Research writing edit

Writing instruction edit

Tutorials in research paper writing methods for various fields and research modalities would be helpful.

Citation formats edit

A catalog of what citation guidelines and styles are in use in each field or country would also be useful, as would reviews of products like Endnote.

Peer review edit

An outline of the nature of peer review and how to access peer review would be helpful.

See also: Wikiversity:Review board, includes some discussion of peer review.

Research services edit

These are useful services that Wikiversity could provide:

See: Wiki Scholar

  • Journal clubs
  • Grant advice and support - What grants are available, how do I apply? Compile resources, for example:
  • Matchmaking co-authors - I want to publish a paper on X, and am looking for co-authors
  • Matchmaking journals - I have a paper on X, where do I publish
  • Local peer review - I have a paper on X, can someone do a "dry run" peer review so that I can fix it quickly before submitting it to a journal
  • Verification

Research sponsorship edit

  • Hosting research
  • Initiating research
  • developing research
  • Marketing research
  • Strategy research

Legal and institutional issues edit

At some point, will Wikiversity need an Institutional Review Board?

Types of research edit

Philosophical, social scientific, and historical investigations of the sciences sometimes consider general differences amongst and across research areas. Some of the distinctions about research that may be made (or debated or critiqued) are:

  • theoretical (pure) and empirical research
  • basic and applied
  • quantitative and qualitative
  • objective and subjective (or inter-subjective)
  • large, medium and small scale (macro, meso, and micro)

There are various differences in research methods and philosophies between various general types of subject areas, such as: Physical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and professions (to name some general areas). [Discuss these here.]

It would be helpful if the scientific worldviews, assumptions and biases underlying general perspectives on research could be discussed in some introductory education contexts in Wikipedia.

Research conferences and networks edit

Wikiversity could develop research conferences and networks in conjunction with and/or independently from Wikimedia projects. For Wikimedia examples, see meta:Wikimania and meta:Wikimedia Research Network.

Research funding and administration edit

It would be helpful to compile information and methods for funding and coordinating research projects.

Languages edit

Multi-language discussion of research policy for all of Wikiversity will take place at the Wikiversity Beta site, at the multi-lingual Wikiversity hub: Research guidelines, betawikiversity:

Research projects edit

Education edit

History edit

Microsystem design edit

Animal sciences edit

Plant sciences edit

Social sciences edit

Interdisciplinary nature/biodiversity conservation science edit

Medical sciences edit

Pharmacology edit

See also edit

External links edit

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    • 4researchers disseminates practical "how-to" information about conducting research. The website offers more than 1,300 articles, videos, presentations, and courses (CE credit is available) designed to make conducting research easier. Topics include funding, research design, study management, dissemination, career advancement, and more. The development of 4researchers was funded by the NIMH.