At least two members of the AHRECS team have made contributions to Wikipedia. An interesting debate article. The purpose of publication is to provide information to others, not to advance careers. The motivation behind publication is often the latter though. We intend to explore this further the issues around how we got so lost in advancing knowledge as the goal. Wikipedia’s closest predecessor was Encyclopedia Britannica and this got plagiarised galore by students/schoolchildren because at the time there were scant other resources available. Ideally, people who use Wikipedia should use their original source material and adapt the content so that it makes sense in their present piece, with appropriate recognition of the sources. But maybe we have a different perspective, having donated to Wikipedia. It is a very valuable starting point to find information but must be used ethically.
Biomedical research, Ethics in publishing, Online health information, Open access, Plagiarism, Wikipedia
Laurent, M.R. (2020) Wikipedia, The Free Online Medical Encyclopedia Anyone Can Plagiarize: Time to Address Wiki-Plagiarism. Pub Res Q (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12109-020-09750-0
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