Wikipedia and academic peer review

Erik W. Black (The School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Publication date: 22 February 2008

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.

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Citation

Black, E. (2008), "Wikipedia and academic peer review", Online Information Review, Vol. 32 No. 1, pp. 73-88. https://doi.org/10.1108/14684520810865994

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2008, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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