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Wikipedia and academic peer review Wikipedia as a recognised medium for scholarly publication?

Wikipedia and academic peer review Wikipedia as a recognised medium for scholarly publication? Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to engage in a thought experiment, exploring the use of Wikipedia or similar content‐malleable systems for the review and dissemination of academic knowledge. Design/methodology/approach – By looking at other sources, the paper considers the current state of the academic peer‐review process, discusses Wikipedia and reflects on dynamic content creation and management applications currently in use in academia. Findings – The traditional peer review process must be updated to match the rapid creation and diffusion of knowledge that characterises the 21st century. The Wikipedia concept is a potential model for more rapid and reliable dissemination of scholarly knowledge. The implications of such a concept would have a dramatic effect on the academic community. Originality/value – This paper promotes a radical idea for changing the methods by which academic knowledge is both constructed and disseminated. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Online Information Review Emerald Publishing

Wikipedia and academic peer review Wikipedia as a recognised medium for scholarly publication?

Online Information Review , Volume 32 (1): 16 – Feb 22, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1468-4527
DOI
10.1108/14684520810865994
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to engage in a thought experiment, exploring the use of Wikipedia or similar content‐malleable systems for the review and dissemination of academic knowledge. Design/methodology/approach – By looking at other sources, the paper considers the current state of the academic peer‐review process, discusses Wikipedia and reflects on dynamic content creation and management applications currently in use in academia. Findings – The traditional peer review process must be updated to match the rapid creation and diffusion of knowledge that characterises the 21st century. The Wikipedia concept is a potential model for more rapid and reliable dissemination of scholarly knowledge. The implications of such a concept would have a dramatic effect on the academic community. Originality/value – This paper promotes a radical idea for changing the methods by which academic knowledge is both constructed and disseminated.

Journal

Online Information ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 22, 2008

Keywords: Peer review; Knowledge creation; Publications; Online operations

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