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My usernameEdit

For those who wonder, especially those more used to British-English usage, Randy does not reflect on my physiological state but is short for Miranda. Of course, I'm not a kitten and Miranda is not my real name :-) The original (adorable) Randykitty lived a full (cat-)life of 20 years during which she spread a lot of joy around her. According to some, I'm not a kitten but "a Jeffrey Beall". In principle, I never confirm or deny any attempt at outing, whether on- or off-wiki. In this case I am making an exception. Beall edits under his own name (Jeffrey Beall) and I am not him.

Editing interestsEdit

My editing interests are rather broad, but I currently spend most of my time editing articles on academic journals. A secondary interest are biographies of scientists, especially neuroscientists. I also regularly spend some time on new page patrol (and there, of course, encounter a wider variety of articles). If your interests are similar, you may find some potentially useful links below.

Editing philosophyEdit

  • Notability: Not everything that is worthy is also notable, and the other way around. If there exist no good sources on a subject, then it should not have an article on Wikipedia. Even if sources exist, an article is still not justified if there is no encyclopedic information. For instance, if all we can say about a certain person is that she likes coffee and cookies, sings hymns, and lived a long time, then any useful information is better contained in a list.
  • Be brief. Don't use 300 words if you can say the same thing in 30. This is not about removing information, this is about presenting information.
  • Not everything that can be sourced merits inclusion. Don't include trivial stuff, this is an encyclopedia, not Facebook. Even if, for example, we would have sourced information that Einstein preferred his coffee with two lumps of sugar, that is not encyclopedic information that in any way increases our understanding of him. This means that existing text often needs pruning and rewriting.
  • Wikipedia is not a vehicle for promoting your company/journal/band/etc. Articles should be encyclopedic, meaning that articles should be presented in a neutral way. Words such as "famous", "renowned", "foremost", etc. rarely have a place in an encyclopedic article. Hence, our Einstein article starts with "Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist", not "Albert Einstein was the most famous scientist ever", even though one certainly will be able to find reliable sources saying so.
  • Deletion/Inclusion. I don't see myself as an inclusionist or a deletionist. Everything depends on the sources. If there are good sources, then an article should be written, even if our personal feeling would be that the subject is utterly trivial. If there are no good sources, then an article should be deleted (or, even better, should never even be created), even if our personal feeling would be that this is a subject of the utmost importance. We report what sources find notable, not what we find notable.
  • Academic journals. Some thoughts on the notability of academic journals can be found here.



  • My Ph.D. supervisor often remarked that only very few people are capable of "clean thinking", meaning applying logic uncontaminated by emotions and preconceived notions. I think he was right and, as in Real Life, this is often demonstrated during discussions on WP.
  • If I am in disagreement with an editor about including some trivial stuff in an article, the sooner they accuse me of being biased or pushing a certain POV, the more likely they are to be pushing a POV themselves. My POV is sourcing, sourcing, sourcing (and I hope that it is not necessary to specify that this sourcing should be independent of the subject).
  • A useful definition of discretionary sanctions is holy 'thou shall nots' issued on high by ARBCOM to deal with the worst shit shows of Wikipedia, giving licenses to admins to rain down holy fire on offenders without remorse. (Thanks, Headbomb).
  • My RFA standards.
  • My thoughts on WP:NJournals.

Useful linksEdit

Admin stuffEdit


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Journal resourcesEdit


My wikistress level
Recent changes in
WP:Academic Journals
List overview · Updated: 2016-12-02 (articles) · This box:
  • AGRICOLA list of journals covered; <ref name=AGRICOLA>{{cite web |url= |title=Journals Indexed in AGRICOLA |publisher=[[United States National Agricultural Library]] |work=[[AGRICOLA]] |accessdate=2020-11-30}}</ref>
  • Atla journal listings; <ref name=Atla>{{cite web |url= |title=Title and Product Update Lists |publisher=[[American Theological Library Association]] |work=[[ATLA Religion Database]] |accessdate=2020-11-30}}</ref>
  • Jeffrey Beall's list of predatory publishers (references: <ref>{{cite web |url= |title=LIST OF PUBLISHERS |work=Scholarly Open Access |last1=Beall |first1=Jeffrey |authorlink=Jeffrey Beall |accessdate=2016-09-21 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=2017-01-11}}</ref>) and standalone journals (archive 2017-01-11)
  • CAB Abstracts coverage list; <ref name=CABAB>{{cite web |url= |title=Serials cited |work=[[CAB Abstracts]] |publisher=[[CABI (organisation)|CABI]] |accessdate=2020-11-30}}</ref>
  • CASSI (CODEN, ISSN, journal abbreviations); <ref name=CASSI>{{cite web |url= |title=CAS Source Index |publisher=[[American Chemical Society]] |work=[[Chemical Abstracts Service]] |accessdate=2020-11-30}}</ref>
  • CINAHL coverage list; <ref name=CINAHL>{{cite web |url= |title=CINAHL Complete Database Coverage List |publisher=[[EBSCO Information Services]] |work=[[CINAHL]] |accessdate=2020-11-30}}</ref>
  • EBSCO Information Services coverage lists
  • Ei Compendex source list; <ref name=Compendex>{{cite web |url= |title=Content/Database Overview - Compendex Source List |publisher=[[Elsevier]] |work=Engineering Village |accessdate=2020-11-30}}</ref>
  • Embase coverage lists; <ref name=Embase>{{cite web |url= |title=Embase Coverage |publisher=[[Elsevier]] |work=Embase |accessdate=2020-11-30}}</ref>
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities: Non-selective inclusion criteria (ESF page)
  • GEOBASE source list; <ref name=GEOBASE>{{cite web |url= |title=Content/Database Overview - GEOBASE Source List |publisher=[[Elsevier]] |work=Engineering Village |accessdate=2020-11-30}}</ref>
  • Infobox journal
  • Infobox magazine
  • Inspec list of journals covered; <ref name=Inspec>{{cite web |url= |title=Inspec list of journals |format=[[PDF]] |publisher=[[Institution of Engineering and Technology]] |work=Inspec |accessdate=2020-11-30}}</ref>
  • ISI (Clarivate Analytics) Master journal list; <ref name=ISI>{{cite web |url= |title=Web of Science Master Journal List |publisher=[[Clarivate Analytics]] |work=Intellectual Property & Science |accessdate=2020-11-30}}</ref>
  • ISI (Clarivate Analytics) Journal Coverage Changes (last 12 months)
  • ISO List of Title Word Abbreviations
  • JCR: According to the ''[[Journal Citation Reports]]'', the journal has a 2019 [[impact factor]] of<ref name=WoS>{{cite book |year=2020 |chapter=JOURNALNAME |title=2019 Journal Citation Reports |publisher=[[Clarivate Analytics]] |edition=Science OR Social Sciences |series=[[Web of Science]] |title-link=Journal Citation Reports}}</ref>
  • JCR with ranking: According to the ''[[Journal Citation Reports]]'', the journal has a 2019 [[impact factor]] of, ranking it xxth out of xxx journals in the category "CATEGORY".<ref name=WoS>{{cite book |year=2020 |chapter=Journals Ranked by Impact: CATEGORYNAME |title=2019 Journal Citation Reports |publisher=[[Clarivate Analytics]] |edition=Science OR Social Sciences |series=[[Web of Science]] |title-link=Journal Citation Reports}}</ref>
  • JournalGuide: maintains white- and blacklists of journals and lists reliable databases in which journals are listed
  • Library of Congress, reference to catalog record (LC Catalog): <ref name=LC>{{cite web |url= HERE |title=JOURNALNAME |work=Library of Congress Catalog |publisher=[[Library of Congress]] |accessdate=2020-11-30}}</ref>
  • MathSciNet, lookup journal URL here; <ref name=MathSciNet>{{cite web |url=Journal URL here |title=JOURNALNAME |publisher=[[American Mathematical Society]] |work=[[MathSciNet]] |access-date=2020-11-30}}</ref>
  • MEDLINE, reference for inclusion (NLM Catalog): <ref name=MEDLINE>{{cite web |url= ID here |title=JOURNALNAME |work=NLM Catalog |publisher=[[National Center for Biotechnology Information]] |accessdate=2020-11-30}}</ref>
  • MIAR: Information Matrix for the Analysis of Journals: lists indexing services for most journals (link to search for indexing info); <ref name=MIAR>{{cite MIAR |title=JOURNALNAME |issn=ISSN-HERE |access-date=2020-11-30}}</ref>
  • NJournals; Thoughts on NJournals
  • Philosopher's Index, inclusion criteria (not selective) and journal lists
  • ProQuest databases are not selective according to Jeffrey Beall
  • PsycINFO journal coverage, <ref name=PsycINFO>{{cite web |url= |publisher=[[American Psychological Association]] |title=PsycINFO Journal Coverage |accessdate=2020-11-30}}</ref>
  • Scopus coverage lists; Scopus discontinued sources list; Search Scopus sourceID <ref name=Scopus>{{cite web |url= sourceID here |title=Source details: JOURNALNAME |publisher=[[Elsevier]] |work=Scopus Preview |accessdate=2020-11-30}}</ref>
  • Sources for journal title abbreviations
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory aims to be all inclusive.
  • WikiProject Journals template
  • Zentralblatt MATH title list; <ref name=MATH>{{cite web |url= |title=Serials Database |publisher=[[Springer Science+Business Media]] |work=[[Zentralblatt MATH]] |accessdate=2020-11-30}}</ref>

Journal article writing guideEdit

  • Writing guide: [[WP:JWG]]
  • Handy shortcuts:
  • Editing journal articles with a COI: [[WP:JWG/COI]]
  • What to include: [[WP:JWG/YES]]
  • What not to include: [[WP:JWG/NO]]


General PROD message for journals: Non-notable journal. Not indexed in any ''selective'' databases, no independent sources. Does not meet [[WP:NJournals]] or [[WP:GNG]].

Examples of particular journalsEdit


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Under constructionEdit

Articles that I have startedEdit

(excluding redirects, disambiguation pages, and contributions to Wikispecies, Wikidata, and other language wikis)

  1. Acta Medica Mediterranea
  1. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis
  1. Acta Neurochirurgica
  2. Acta Neurologica Belgica
  3. Actas Españolas de Psiquiatría
  4. Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research
  5. Alexander Cools
  6. Alzheimers Research & Therapy
  7. American Journal of Neuroradiology
  8. Annali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
  9. Annual Reports on the Progress of Chemistry
  10. Anubias gilletii
  11. Anubias hastifolia
  12. Anubias pynaertii
  13. Archives Italiennes de Biologie
  14. Arie de Graaf
  15. Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
  16. ASN Neuro
  17. Behavioural Pharmacology (journal)
  18. Biosemiotics (journal)
  19. Bipolar Disorders (journal)
  20. Brain and Behavior
  21. Brain Stimulation (journal)
  22. Brain Structure and Function
  23. Carmen Sandi
  24. Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
  25. Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
  26. Chinese Chemical Letters
  27. Christy Holland
  28. Clinical Autonomic Research
  29. Clinical Practice
  30. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience
  31. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology
  32. Communication Research Reports
  33. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
  34. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
  35. Current Opinion in Neurology
  36. Current Pediatric Research (Deleted)
  37. Developmental Neurobiology (journal)
  38. European Journal of Neurology
  39. Friedrich Vogel (human geneticist)
  40. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology
  41. Frontiers of Information Technology & Electronic Engineering
  42. Glia (journal)
  43. Hallo Bandoeng
  44. Hans Ferdinand Linskens
  45. International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences
  46. International Journal of Sensor Networks
  47. International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
  48. Jan Cremer
  49. John Aggleton
  50. Journal of Neuropathology & Experimental Neurology
  51. Journal of Neurotrauma
  52. Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience
  53. Learning & Behavior
  54. Learning & Memory
  55. Louis van de Laar
  56. Mathematical Biosciences
  57. Medicine Publishing
  58. Melly Oitzl
  59. Minosuke Hiroe
  60. Molecular Brain
  61. Molecular Neurobiology (journal)
  62. Molecular Neurodegeneration
  63. Molecular Pain
  64. Nancy Zahniser
  65. Neural Plasticity (journal)
  66. Neurobiology of Disease
  67. Neurobiology of Stress
  68. Neurochirurgie
  69. Neuromolecular Medicine
  70. Neurotherapeutics
  71. Neurotoxicology and Teratology
  72. Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
  73. Optometry and Vision Science
  74. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
  75. Oscar van Hemel
  76. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior
  77. Physics Essays
  78. Progress in Brain Research
  79. Progress in Neurobiology
  80. Rainer Spanagel
  81. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
  82. Research in Sports Medicine
  83. Richard F. Thompson
  84. Richard G. Morris
  85. Sleep (journal)
  86. Sleep Medicine Reviews
  87. Society for Economic Botany
  88. Suman Sahai
  89. Taxon (journal)
  90. The Veliger
  91. Tijdschrift van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis
  92. Tijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie
  93. Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis
  94. Tropicos
  95. Zangeres Zonder Naam
  96. Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins
  97. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie

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