[Irtalk] Contributing to Wikipedia - the ultimate in open access | BU Research Blog

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Wed Jan 29 15:24:12 SAST 2014

Wikipedia is the fifth most popular website in the world, reaching about
half a billion readers per month.  Many of the scientific articles are
viewed hundreds and some even thousands of times per day.  Due to its
popularity and search engine optimisation, Wikipedia articles usually
appear at the top of Google search results and often significantly higher
than university webpages, research project websites, staff profile pages,
journal articles, etc.  All of the information is freely available across
the world making it the ultimate in open access. Working for a university
that embraces open access and public engagement, BU researchers should be
regularly contributing to Wikipedia as part of the dissemination and impact
of their research.

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