If you would like to become a contributor to this wiki, you must agree to the following 10 conditions.

In a nutshell, the general principles are that (a) authorial access can be granted widely, but only within certain limitations, (b) when editing pages you should be cautious and nice and know what you're doing first, and (c) you should pay attention to copyright and file size.


1. There are some technical limitations to membership because the wiki is hosted on the Wikispaces Education Plan. This means the wiki is free to run, but only because it is written and edited by people based at educational institutions. In order to stay free, the membership has to be restricted to staff and students of educational institutions. For that reason, membership invitations must be sent to email addresses linked to educational institutions, not to gmail accounts or similar.

2. There are two levels of contributor access for this wiki, as determined by Wikispaces: members (basic access) and organizers (advanced access). Only an organizer can grant another member organizer status. To be made an organizer, you must have established a reputation as a researcher or experienced teacher with expertise in the study of science in popular fiction.

3. An organizer can invite other appropriate people to be members, for example fellow researchers or students undertaking a relevant course of study. Those invited members must either meet the criteria to be an organizer themselves, or else the organizer who invited them must take responsibility for their contributions to the wiki. That organizer must also maintain control over the membership status of people they invite, for example by ending their membership when they cease to meet the criteria. When you invite members, you must add the standard invitation text that includes this information about membership conditions, so keep a copy of your invitation text for future use.


4. All contributors must take a precautionary and conservative approach to editing existing pages, taking care not to lose or damage content unless it is false, poor quality, inappropriate, or beyond the wiki's subject matter. Basically let’s be nice to each other and try not to destroy each other’s hard work!

5. All contributors must also behave in a collegial manner with other contributors, whether they are professionals or students. If a conflict about page content should arise, for example if you are trying to edit a page at the same time as someone else, you must negotiate in a mutually supportive manner. More experienced contributors are also strongly encouraged to mentor less experienced members, such as students. Think of it as a networking opportunity.

6. Both organizers and members can add and edit ‘encyclopaedia entry’ pages. Only organizers can delete those pages. For instructions on how to edit pages, and for guidelines on keeping the wiki style consistent, see links to the development pages here. You must pay attention to these development pages.

7. Only organizers (or closely supervised members) can add and edit bibliographic database pages. Before adding an entry for a journal paper, book chapter or scholarly book to the bibliographic database, double check that no entry already exists for it. Do not add entries to the database for non-scholarly works or ephemeral works such as blog-posts. If in doubt, ask yourself, 'would PubMed, Web of Science or Scopus include this item in their scholarly database?' Also ensure you know exactly how the mechanics of the bibliographic database work before adding a new entry to it. In particular, new entries in the bibliographic database MUST be tagged appropriately for the database to work properly, so be sure you understand the tagging system before you start. Note there are also risks associated with adding a new tag to the tag master-list - for example if the new tag is not comprehensively applied to relevant bibliographic database entries, it loses functionality. So only create a new tag if it is absolutely warranted, and then check to see if there are existing database entries to which the tag might apply. In general, use only existing tags, and use them well.

8. A new navigation page should only be added sparingly, if a need for it has clearly arisen. Overuse of navigation pages will make the bibliographic database unwieldy, impairing its functionality. Before adding one, discuss your proposal with an experienced organizer.


9. You of course need to comply with international copyright laws. Organizers should check the work of student members to ensure it doesn’t infringe copyright.

10. Under the Wikispaces Education Plan, we have a storage limit of 5 GB for the whole Wiki, so graphics, videos and other files should be used very sparingly, if at all (as well as complying with copyright laws).