[Comp-neuro] Call for nomination of Editors of Scholarpedia
Eugene M. Izhikevich
Eugene.Izhikevich at nsi.edu
Mon Mar 19 06:53:43 CET 2007
Scholarpedia is the free peer-reviewed encyclopedia written by Scholars
from around the world. It combined the philosophies of Encyclopedia
Britannica and Wikipedia.
The 13th edition of Encyclopedia Britannica has "Space-Time" entry
written by A. Einstein and "Psychoanalysis" entry written by Z. Freud.
If Britannica had the feature of curatorship, physicists and
psychologists of today would be fighting each other for the honor to be
curators of these articles. The goal of Scholarpedia is to invite
today's Einsteins and Freuds to write entries on their major discoveries
so that future generation of experts would be willing to maintain these
articles via the wiki-style process of curatorship.
At present, Scholarpedia hosts Encyclopedia of Computational
Neuroscience, Encyclopedia of Computational Intelligence, and
Encyclopedia of Dynamical Systems. Most articles in these encyclopedias
have already been reserved and many have been written by the original
inventors/authors of the topics. For example, T. Kohonen wrote "Kohonen
Network", J. Hopfield wrote "Hopfield Network", R. FitzHugh wrote
"FitzHugh-Nagumo Model", Ya. Sinai wrote "Kolmogorov-Sinai Entropy", L.
Zadeh wrote "Fuzzy Logic", and so on.
Within a year, the three encyclopedias will be used as seeds to start
Encyclopedia of Cognitive Neuroscience, and then of Neuroscience,
Encyclopedia of Computer Science, Encyclopedia of Mathematical Biology,
and then of Applied Mathematics. Subsequently, all these encyclopedias
will merge to Encyclopedia of Biology, of Engineering, of Physics, and
To achieve this ambitious goal, Scholarpedia establishes a new privilege
- "Editor" (in addition to "Scholar" and "Curator"). Editorial
responsibilities, explained in
(1) identifying and inviting the original inventors/authors/discoverers
for the corresponding topics, (2) initiating election of authors when
the original author is no longer alive or when many people made
comparable contribution, (3) communicating with the authors and helping
them with their articles, (4) initiating and supervising peer-review
Each category in Scholarpedia, like "Reinforcement Learning",
"NeuroImaging", "Olfaction", "Pattern Recognition", etc., will have its
own Editor. When the majority of articles in a category are published as
a part of a printed Encyclopedia, the editor's name appears on the front
cover of the Encyclopedia.
Editors of Scholarpedia must be elected by the public based on their
scholarly achievements and reputation in the field (using the same
procedure as election of authors).
However, during next few months, Scholarpedia needs to invite a few
editors to test-drive the editorial system. If you would like to join
this project as an editor, please send your CV or link to your webpage
to the Editor-in-Chief at scholarpedia.org. Indicate which category you
would like to be considered for. Preference will be given to those
experts who have already served on a editorial board of a peer-review
journal, those who have already contributed to Scholarpedia (as an
author or a reviewer), those who have an equivalent of tenure or
tenure-track position, or those who have high Scholar Index.
Eugene M. Izhikevich – Editor-in-Chief of Scholarpedia, the free
Eugene M. Izhikevich, Ph.D., http://www.izhikevich.com
The Neurosciences Institute, Eugene.Izhikevich at nsi.edu
10640 John J. Hopkins Drive tel:(858) 626-2063
San Diego, CA, 92121, USA fax:(858) 626-2099
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