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Submissions/PeerLibrary – capturing the global conversation on academic literature

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2014 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no. 6032
Title of the submission

PeerLibrary – capturing the global conversation on academic literature

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)


Author of the submission


E-mail address




Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

UC Berkeley

Personal homepage or blog


Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

We are presenting PeerLibrary, an open access project developing a collaborative online community where scholars and researchers can read, discover, and discuss various open access literature all within one site. PeerLibrary provides tools for improving accessibility to academic publications for both those in academia, i.e. universities and other learning institutions, and those outside of formal academia, for example, citizen scientists and other independent researchers with limited scholarly resources.

PeerLibrary simplifies and accelerates access to scholarly literature. With no subscription or registration needed, anybody can easily access the information in PeerLibrary. After locating the specific work, users can open up the full text, including charts and images, directly in the PeerLibrary browser. Additionally, each publication has an easily recognizable URL, so readers can share the publication and increase access to the information that would otherwise be obscure and difficult to discover.

Next, PeerLibrary encourages critical reading and engaging in the text by providing tools to annotate and comment directly on the works. Users can highlight important information and take notes in the margins online, just as how one would mark up a physical research paper. By eliminating the need to print files, the research process is contained in one online medium, creating a greater sense of organization. Furthermore, note-taking tools encourage active analysis, a recording of insights and questions while reading. Users can choose to keep their highlights and annotations private, or they can make them public to engage in an open online discussion. We believe that the collection of tools provided in PeerLibrary will strengthen the open access movement and make education more inclusive.


Open Scholarship

Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)

15 minutes

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?

Depends on the travel funding, which I will have harder time to obtain.

Slides or further information (optional)




Presentation of the project, history, and community around it (video): https://vimeo.com/93085636

Screencast (video): https://archive.org/details/PeerLibraryPreview

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