Citizen Science Month is a world-wide observance in April to "celebrate and promote all things citizen science: amazing discoveries, incredible volunteers, hardworking practitioners, inspiring projects, and anything else citizen science-related!" --Citizen Science Association
Accurate communication of scientific research findings is an essential component of the scientific method; participation in this process of documentation is one way we can all be citizen scientists. Adding new articles or new content to Wikipedia would be great, too, for those wanting to do a little more!
Thanks for joining us!
Before editing, create your Wikipedia account, if you don't have one already, and login to the event Dashboard. Using the Dashboard allows us to track our contributions during this campaign. You may create a username that is based on your real name or a pseudonym. More advice: Wikipedia's Username Policy, guidance for new users.
We will keep the event Dashboard open all through April - feel free to continue editing and adding citations. Login to the Dashboard and watch the stats increase!
Similar to the #1Lib1Ref campaign, our focus is on adding references to existing articles in Wikipedia that are already tagged , to update and improve content by encouraging use of peer-reviewed open access literature. Finding science-related articles in the Citation Hunt tool is tedious, so you might prefer to begin with a good open access source on a topic that interests you and then search Wikipedia to see if there is a relevant article that could be enhanced with a reference to that source. Look especially for "start" or "stub" class articles (an article's rating is found on its talk page). Try the open access directories/sources listed below for inspiration. Alternatively, search your topic in Web of Science and limit the search results to Open Access (facets for refining search results are in the left sidebar of the list of results).
Don't feel limited to simply adding references! Before doing any substantial editing or creating new articles, read the Wikipedia Help pages and editorial policy. Start here.
Above all, remember that accuracy and neutrality are absolutely required, and that Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, featuring brief, clearly written summaries or reviews; not a place for publishing original research.
Intended objectives for participants:
There are hundreds of projects world-wide that engage individuals in science research. It's remarkably easy to be involved and requires minimal training or expertise.
Begin at SciStarter.org
Get going! Collecting data, identifying and observing, and submit your findings - all from your own locale.