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Slogan The free peer-reviewed encyclopedia.
Commercial? No
Type of site Internet encyclopedia project
Registration Optional (required to edit pages)
Available language(s) English
Created by Eugene M. Izhikevich
Launched February 5, 2006
Current status 500 peer-reviewed articles, 1400 in progress

Scholarpedia is an English-language online wiki-based encyclopedia in which articles are written by invited expert authors and are subject to peer review.[1] The articles are available online without charge for non-commercial use, but may not be copied in bulk. Authors are given credit on the article page.

Only registered users can edit an article, and those edits are subject to approval by the curator of the article, who is typically the author. Users have a scholar index attribute which is incremented or decremented by various activities and which controls what capabilities the user has. The web site uses the MediaWiki software which is also used by Wikipedia.

Scholarpedia is at this time not a general encyclopedia; it currently focuses on the fields of computational neuroscience, dynamical systems, computational intelligence, physics and astrophysics.[2] In April 2009, Scholarpedia amounted to 500 peer-reviewed accepted articles and about 1400 articles at diverse stages of completion.

The project was created in February 2006 by Eugene M. Izhikevich, a researcher at the Neurosciences Institute, San Diego, California. Izhikevich is also the editor-in-chief.

Authors of the various articles in Scholarpedia are either invited by the editor-in-chief or other curators, or selected by a public election. For example, Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger were nominated for the article on Wikipedia. This is to ensure that the articles are written by experts. In May 2009, the list of authors included four Fields medalists and sixteen Nobel prize winners.[3]


Copyright and patents

As of January 2008, Scholarpedia changed their licensing policy and now also accepts articles under the GNU Free Documentation License and the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 license, in addition to the earlier system in which the author gives a non-exclusive license directly to Scholarpedia.[4][5]

See also


  1. "Scholarpedia: the free peer-reviewed encyclopedia". Society of Applied Neuroscience. 11 November 2006. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  2. "Scholarpedia". The MIT Presslog. January 08, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  3. "Editorial: Wouldn't you like to know?". Nature Physics 4: 505. 2008. doi:10.1038/nphys1012. 
  4. "Comments on copyright and patents". Scholarpedia. Februari 15, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  5. "Aims and policy". Main Page. Scholarpedia. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 

External links

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