An interesting development which marks the beginninng of the institutionalization of wikipedia’s success. RNA Biology now requires authors who submit works to post them also on wikipedia.
I love the RNA Biology journal’s new guidelines for submissions, which state that you must submit a Wikipedia article on your research on RNA families before the journal will publish your scholarly article on it:
“This track will primarily publish articles describing either: (1) substantial updates and reviews of existing RNA families or (2) novel RNA families based on computational and/or experimental results for which little evolutionary analysis has been published. These articles must be accompanied by STOCKHOLM formatted alignments, including a consensus secondary structure or structures and a corresponding Wikipedia article…”
Too bad I can’t track down any of those former IPCentral posters who had constantly criticized wikipedia, even when they contributed to it.