Introducing Publication Badges

by [Julius B. Lucks](http://openwetware.org/wiki/User:Julius_B._Lucks)

![Oww Badges](http://blog.openwetware.org/sc/files/2008/03/oww-badges.png)

_OpenWetWare publication badges are a way to notify the community that an OWW page has appeared in a journal or at a conference. Pages that have these badges are in a state suitable for publication, and can also be actively maintained with minor changes._

Did you ever wonder if your favorite OWW page has appeared somewhere else, say in a journal or at a conference? Or did you ever wonder if the OWW page you are looking at is finished, or if it is still being actively edited? I certainly have, which is why I have been playing around with OWW publication badges lately.

Recently I wrote a paper on OWW entitled [Python - All A Scientist Needs](http://openwetware.org/wiki/Julius_B._Lucks/Projects/Python_All_A_Scientist_Needs). When the paper was done, I decided to submit it to the [arXiv](http://arxiv.org). I wanted to notify the community that the article was in a final form, and to create a cite-able version that was in an easy-to-read and downloadable PDF format. In other words, I wanted to turn my OWW article into something similar to a journal article. The reason why I chose the arXiv was that it provided me with the facilities that I wanted (arXiv ID for citation, PDF downloads, an established community of readers, free), without all the hassles of a traditional journal, none of which would have taken this article in the first place.

So now I have an OWW paper, and an arXiv paper, but how do I let the community know that they are linked? Here is where the OWW publication badges come in. I simply inserted a line into my OWW article that looks like

{{publishbox_arxiv | your_arxiv_id | list_of_author_names}}

and voila!, a link is created on the page to my original arXiv post (see above image of the publication box). If you visit the [arXiv page for the article](http://arxiv.org/abs/0803.1838), you will notice in the comments section below the abstract that this article is ‘Regularly maintained at this http URL’ (where the ‘http URL’ is a link to the OWW page.) That is put there to let everyone finding the article on the arXiv know that if they want to see the latest version, they should check out the original OWW article.

But why stop at articles, why not include conference presentations as well? The beauty of these badges is that they are completely extensible. I’ve already created a badge for letting everyone know that you have presented this work, and to use it, just put this at the top of your page

{{presentationbox| link_to_the_conference | link_to_the_slides }}

Publication badges are easy to use, and a great way to let people know that all that hard work of yours is being appreciated through publications and presentations.

Got any more ideas about how to use publication badges, leave a comment, or go out and use them!

  1. Ricardo’s avatar

    I noticed the badges this weekend and was thinking this could be something we could use more often. Great idea :)

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  2. John Cumbers’s avatar

    nice..

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