Particle Wiki:Guidelines for contributors

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Pretty much the same guidelines as on Wikipedia apply to Particle Wiki.

However, there are some differences and clarifications specific to our particular community. These are listed here.

  1. No collaboration-internal information. You are encouraged to add (also) collaboration-specific information, but it has to be public before you do so. If in doubt, talk to your collaboration's management. If you find internal information, please remove it immediately and/or if possible inform the author and the Particle Wiki administrators.
  2. The level of presentation should be suitable for a novice particle physics researcher. Or easier, especially for very basic concepts. You can think of the target audience as a starting PhD student with little or no particle physics knowledge.
  3. Some original research is ok. Wikipedia has guidelines prohibiting you from adding your own research findings to it. Since we as a community are working on the frontier of knowledge, we can stretch this point a little: you may add new findings, including your own, as long as they are not very controversial. Please respect the mainly encyclopedic nature of Particle Wiki when doing this, and remember that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
  4. We have jargon and acronym lookup. One added use of Particle Wiki is looking up jargon and acronyms. Even obscure aliases and acronyms may be added as redirect pages to the main articles.
  5. Add academic references. Preferably add a link to both the journal publication (e.g. using the DOI link) and the inSPIRE entry (because that is a gateway to lots of interesting information related to the publication). A link to the arXiv abstract should be provided if the article is not (yet) published in a journal. For an example of the recommended way of citing, see the entry for Universal FeynRules Output.
  6. Follow standard order and names for standard sections. Standard sections that may appear at the end of an article are listed below. They should be named as appears here and be put in the same relative order as here.
    1. References – Wikipedia/academia style references supporting the claims in the entry.
    2. See also – List of links to related topics in Particle Wiki only, possibly with comments.
    3. Learn more – External links or references to such things as tutorials or textbooks.