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Submitting an article Last Updated on 2014-05-07 15:39:29 Experts like you are the Encyclopedia’s most valuable asset -- we prominently feature authors and editors on every article. It is essential, therefore, to create a substantive user bio of at least 150 words and upload a quality electronic image of yourself. If you have included this bio in the signup page it should be automatically included in your public profile page. Your bio should be at least a 150 word paragraph and should include the basic information one would expect in a biographical sketch, i.e., education, job experiences, awards, interests, and so on. A link to a full CV or resume is also encouraged. Because your user profile will be viewable by the public, include only that information which you feel comfortable being seen by everyone. While logged in, click on your name (top right) Upload your user profile under “Biography” under the... More »
General Glossary Last Updated on 2013-10-02 09:39:36 This general glossary compiles definitions of specialized terms used throughout the Encyclopedia of Earth. Each term listed below has had a blue link created to allow authors to link to the given term in any article without having the reader leave the page. The terms below are words or phrases for which an entire article on the Encylopedia of Earth is not necessarily envisioned: Allohexaploidcells holding six copies of each chromosome: Cells holding six copies of each chromosome AnuranAn amphibian that has limbs but no tail (includes all frogs and toads): An amphibian that has limbs but no tail (includes all frogs and toads) ArheicRegion which generates no significant surface water runoff: Region that generates no significant surface water runoff Atomic numberThe number of protons in the nucleus of a given atom: The number of protons in the nucleus of a given... More »
Wikipedia Policy Last Updated on 2013-07-25 15:19:16 Letter from Cutler J. Cleveland, Editor-in-Chief Dear EoE Colleagues, I write to inform you of an important editorial policy decision made in regards to the use of Wikipedia content in the Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE). After considerable discussion and debate, we have decided to permit the use of Wikipedia content subject to specific guidelines, which are presented below. Most importantly, Wikipedia content must meet the same quality-control standards and go through the same review process as all other EoE content prior to public release. This decision comes after considerable discussion among Authors, Topic Editors, the International Advisory Board and the editorial staff of the EoE. That discussion is recorded on the authors’ wiki at www.eoearth.org/article/Talk:Discussion_of_Wikipedia_Policy. The policy is designed to address the concerns some of you... More »
Guidelines Last Updated on 2010-09-24 00:00:00 Please follow the suggestions in this section as closely as possible. They've been designed to give the Encyclopedia a unified "look and feel" and to ensure that its contents are accessible to a general audience. In General... Be sure your intended topic fits the aims and scope of the Encyclopedia of Earth as described in the Scope of the Encyclopedia of Earth SEARCH your topic first to be sure that your intended topic hasn't been covered already Determine whether a new article on a separate page is justified. Sometimes it is better to add information to an existing article on a related topic. Choose your article name carefully. The name is important for the SEARCH function, for effective linking to other articles, and to your article's appropriate placement in the Encyclopedia Feel free to create links to other articles... More »
Content Source Index Last Updated on 2010-06-23 16:05:22 Free and Open Content Sources Free and open content sources are organizations which allow the harvesting of their content with appropriate acknowledgements. The typical example here is a government agency whose work rests fully in the public domain, such as many federal government publications. Other examples include non-profit and educational organizations whose copyright allows free use for educational and non-commercial purposes. In most cases, such material is published verbatim from the organization, with some editing for style and length to make the entry consistent with Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE) guidelines. Remaining consistent with the EoE governance guidelines, once the entry is up on the EoE, Authors may then add to or edit that material. Every entry from a Content Source is assigned to, and must be approved by, at least one Topic Editor. Every article from a... More »