Spectrum Wiki

Wiki FAQ

How do I register to be an editor on the wiki?

To register for the Spectrum wiki, go to https://spectrumnews.org/wiki/. In the top right-hand corner, you will see a prompt to ‘Request access.’ Fill out the form. It helps if you give us a little information about you in the Comments section. That way, we will be able to approve you as a wiki editor faster. Make a note of the email address you used to sign up. You will need it to log in later.

What is the wiki editor approval process?

We check that your name, email address, title and lab are accurate. After these checks, we get in touch with you to let you know that your request to join has been approved or to ask you for more information.

How do I make an entry in the wiki?

Once you are registered and logged in, you can start writing and editing the wiki. To make a new entry, click the green ‘Add a new entry’ prompt near the bottom of the page. You will be directed to a form that you can fill out with the entry information.

What information do I need to include in my wiki entry?

You will need to include these things:

  • A simple title for your entry (one or two words is best).
  • A definition for your term.
  • An explanation of how your term is relevant to autism research.
  • A description of the scientific knowledge around your term.
  • References, complete with PubMed links.
  • Related links to relevant Spectrum articles.

Remember to click ‘Save’ to save your progress! After you save your entry, our editors will check it and publish it to the site.

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What do I need to double-check before I publish my entry?

Did you:

  • Create a simple title for your entry (one or two words is best)?
  • Define your term?
  • Explain how your term is relevant to autism research?
  • Describe the current scientific knowledge around your term?
  • Avoid jargon and use language that readers with no background in your area of study will understand?
  • Define any terms that may not be familiar to a researcher outside your field?
  • Format your references according to our style? Sample:
  • Include in-text citations in the correct order and corresponding to your list of references?
  • Include links to the PubMed entries for each of your references?
  • Include hyperlinks to relevant Spectrum stories or wikis?
  • Add “Related links” to related Spectrum stories at the end?
  • Add images or multimedia if available?
  • Click “Save”?
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My question isn’t answered here. What should I do?

Email Claire Cameron at Claire@spectrumnews.org or community@spectrumnews.org and she will help you.