The magazine RNA
announced that they are requiring researchers publishing
research on families of RNA molecules in the journal to write a
summarising their findings.
As a scientist, I find this move dubious.
Even if we overlook the problem posed by the NPOV policy of
wikipedia, it seems that the magazine wants to outsource peer
reviewing to a generalist site. As if hordes of geeks that know
nothing or little of RNA biology can bring something in the
From my POV, there are only 2 things that could make
1. RNA biology creats its own specialized wiki where self-assumed
experts can contribute.
2. Once an article is published, Wikipedia gets a right to use
excerpts in its articles.