Wikipedia:WikiProject Science Policy

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Welcome to WikiProject Science Policy. Several Wikipedians have formed this collaboration resource and group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of Science Policy and the organization of information and articles on this topic. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions and various resources; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians interested in the topic. If you would like to help, please add yourself as a participant in the project, inquire on the talk page, and see the to-do list, below.

Goals edit

  • Edit and maintain articles that are related to the area of science policy, from direct policy pages to the science that is used to build those policies.
  • Form a community dedicated to improving the quality of science policy related topics.

Getting started edit

Accounts are not required to edit Wikipedia, but making an account will allow you to more easily track your history of contributions. Edits made by users with accounts, even if the account holder chooses to remain anonymous, tend to be viewed as more trustworthy and reputable by fellow Wikipedians. Creating multiple accounts is discouraged and can lead to being blocked from future editing (see WP:SOCK).

Many Wikipedians draft edits in their user sandbox (see WP:ABOUTSAND) before moving those changes to the main article. Sandboxes are particularly useful when making significant changes to the content or structure of an article, or when beginning an editing project that will take multiple days. Small changes, such as fixing typos or adding citations to existing content, can be quickly applied by editing the article directly. All edits, no matter how minor, should include a brief edit summary before being published.

Resources edit

WP:CTW is a comprehensive source of practical editing advice and WP:POLICYLIST provides links to detailed information about numerous Wikipedia policies and guidelines, spanning everything from notability guidelines to naming conventions.

Editorial Mindset edit

For a more philosophical perspective on editing, check out Wikipedia:Ten simple rules for editing Wikipedia. The entire essay is a good read, but we would like to highlight a few points that are particularly relevant when editing science policy articles:

Use secondary sources whenever possible. When editing scientific or academic information on Wikipedia, try to use sources that reflect a general consensus among experts. For example, instead of citing the results of a single research study, cite a review article or textbook chapter that summarizes the collective knowledge gained by multiple studies and researchers.

Write neutrally and provide appropriate context. Content should be presented from a neutral viewpoint and any “value” statements should be specific and always cited appropriately. For example, try to avoid using vague descriptions like “many,” “most,” “best” unless you are referencing a specific source.

Bad example: Most scientists prefer zebrafish over mice as a research model.

Better example: A 2020 survey by ABC journal found that 99% of geneticists preferred zebrafish over mice as a research model (citation).

Be mindful of potential conflict-of-interest issues. In general, do not edit or create articles about yourself, your family, colleagues, workplace, etc. However, you are encouraged to contribute information to articles relevant to your field of expertise (as long as all content is appropriately cited, as usual)!

Have fun and be bold!

Open tasks edit

Participants edit

Please feel free to add yourself here, and to indicate any areas of particular interest.


  1. Lightning1115 (talk · contribs) (I am interested in articles relevant to nuclear weapons and energy policy) 20:29, 6 May 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. Gggg2123 (talk) (I am interested in environmental policy, especially articles related to water policy) 20:17, 13 May 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. Yul B. Allwright (talk · contribs) (I am interested in working on articles related to genetics and molecular biology.) 20:19, 13 May 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. DK.Sci (talk · contribs) (I am interested in articles related to zoonotic disease, the interface of animal-human health, and biomedical research policy) 20:21, 13 May 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. Bookasaurus (talk · contribs) (I am interested in articles on S&T innovation policy)
  6. Asbank01 (talk · contribs) (I am interested in articles on higher education & biomedical workforce policy)
  7. Kfja000 (talk · contribs) (I am interested in articles on the intersection between environmental and human health and policies related to these topics.) 21:11, 3 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  8. Classicwiki (talk · contribs) (I am interested in articles on the politics of science policy) 20:59, 24 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  9. Reywas92 (talk · contribs) Interested in energy and conservation. 06:38, 9 August 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  10. Antony-22 (talk · contribs)
  11. Johncdraper (talk · contribs) (I am interested in articles on the public administration of science policy, particularly in the energy space, especially nuclear fusion)Johncdraper (talk) 18:28, 29 August 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  12. Srich32977 (talk · contribs)
  13. Ligrayphd (talk · contribs) (I am most interested in articles related to science diplomacy, and any policy topic touching on public health, environmental health, conservation biology, infectious disease transmission and prevention, and climate change) Ligrayphd (talk) 22:53, 25 October 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  14. MCy.283 (talk · contribs)
  15. Microbial_bird (talk · contribs) (I am interested broadly in general science policy topics, microbiology, agricultural policy, and climate policy) 00:02, 17 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  16. RudySci (talk · contribs) 06:02, 22 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  17. Randywombat (talk · contribs) (I'm interested in science advice & evidence-based policy especially in Europe) 12:02, 7 June 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  18. SAKM5510 (talk · contribs) (I am interested in science & diplomacy; health diplomacy; global health diplomacy; and artificial intelligence)
  19. Ll25533 (talk · contribs) (I am interested in working on science policy especially in relation to the environment) 18:26, 28 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  20. Hokieploid (talk · contribs) (I'm interested in the fundamentals of science policy, molecular genetics, and biotechnology) Hokieploid (talk) 18:06, 16 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  21. Path2space (talk · contribs) (I am interested in working on science policy in general, DoD research and development, and intellectual property rights) 01:17, 9 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  22. 20WattSphere (talk · contribs) (I'm interested in the regulation of greenhouse gases, electricity networks, digital platforms and artificial intelligence) 05:46, 5 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Articles edit

Featured content edit

Candidates edit

New articles edit

Please feel free to list your new Science Policy-related articles here (newer articles at the top, please). Any new articles that have an interesting or unusual fact in them, are at least over 1,500 characters, don't have any dispute templates on them, and cite their sources, should be suggested for the Did you know? box on the Wikipedia Main Page.

Scope edit

  • Articles that are directly covering science policy topics.
  • Articles that are wiki-linked in these science policy-related articles.
  • Articles that arise as a result of a science policy topic.

Categories edit

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Science in society(23 C, 102 P)
Science activism(4 C, 10 P)
Citizen science(8 C, 112 P)
Science communication(8 C, 31 P)
Scientific controversies(15 C, 28 P)
Science and culture(14 C, 13 P)
Science education(30 C, 113 P)
Science events(18 C, 16 P)
Evidence-based practices(6 C, 48 P)
Humour in science(1 C, 15 P)
Science and law(7 C, 19 P)
Scientific misconduct(5 C, 29 P)
Science museums(19 C, 28 P)
Politics of science(8 C, 31 P)
Religion and science(25 C, 71 P)
Sociology of science(1 C, 26 P)
Science studies(7 C, 55 P)
Science writing(5 C, 9 P)

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