A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters

Nat Genet. 2008 Sep;40(9):1047-51. doi: 10.1038/ng.f.217.


WikiGenes is the first wiki system to combine the collaborative and largely altruistic possibilities of wikis with explicit authorship. In view of the extraordinary success of Wikipedia there remains no doubt about the potential of collaborative publishing, yet its adoption in science has been limited. Here I discuss a dynamic collaborative knowledge base for the life sciences that provides authors with due credit and that can evolve via continual revision and traditional peer review into a rigorous scientific tool.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Authorship*
  • Biological Science Disciplines*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Databases as Topic*
  • Information Dissemination
  • Internet*
  • Knowledge Bases*
  • Medical Informatics*
  • Peer Review, Research
  • Publishing
  • Terminology as Topic