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The peer-reviewed open-access encyclopedia
Internet encyclopedia project
languages English
operator Eugene M. Izhikevich
items 1,811 (February 2020)
Registration optional
programming language Mediawiki
On-line February 5, 2006 (currently active)
Scholarpedia main page, 2011

The Scholarpedia is an English language encyclopedia intended to be written by scholars from around the world. The name consists of the English words scholar (scholar) and encyclopedia (encyclopedia). The name resemblance to the Wikipedia project is intentional - the Scholarpedia also uses the free MediaWiki software, but differs from Wikipedia in some essential points:

  • Each article is written by an expert in the relevant field who is elected by the community or invited by one of the editors.
  • Each article is subjected to an anonymous peer review to ensure the quality of the article.
  • Each article has a person in charge (usually the author) who must authorize any changes to the article.

In contrast to Wikipedia - but comparable to articles in specialist journals - articles in the Scholarpedia are subject to a license that does not permit further commercial use (CC-NC-SA) . According to the company's own information, the aim is to provide free access to scientific literature ( open access ) for all interested parties.

Development and content

The project was started in February 2006 by Eugene Izhikevich , a scientist at the Neurosciences Institute , headquartered in San Diego . In the initial phase, the Scholarpedia was limited to the subject area of Computational Neuroscience . In the meantime, the topics dynamic systems , computational intelligence , physics and astrophysics have been added.

The authors of the Scholarpedia include eighteen Nobel Prize winners and four Fields Medal holders . Well-known scientists such as John Hopfield and Wolf Singer participated with articles from the field of neuroscience .

In July 2012 Scholarpedia had 2,297 articles, in June 2017 there were 2,349 articles. The reviewed and published articles are also archived in the electronic Scholarpedia Journal ( ISSN  1941-6016 ).

The articles on Scholarpedia are considered to be better documented and the article versions to be more stable than an average Wikipedia article.

Web links

supporting documents

  1. ^ Statistics - Scholarpedia . Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  2. ^ Scholarpedia - Copyright
  3. ^ Scholarpedia: Authors
  4. ^ Statistics - Scholarpedia . In: . September 10, 2012. Archived from the original on July 28, 2013. Retrieved on March 17, 2017.
  5. ^ Statistics - Scholarpedia . Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  6. ( Memento from October 2, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  7. David Daw: The Best Wikipedia Alternatives . In: PC WORLD . ( [accessed on August 30, 2018]).