"PrometheusWiki": PROtocols, METHods, Explanations and Updated Standards Wiki, is a web-based, free-content resource project based mostly on volunteer contributions. PrometheusWiki is designed for researchers in the fields of ecological and environmental plant physiology to easily access and share protocols and to provide a forum for discussion and debate on different practices. Science moves most rapidly when the majority of researchers use similar methods and can easily repeat and build upon each other’s discoveries. There is a strong need for standardizing in ecological and environmental plant physiology. According to Ancient Greek mythology, Prometheus was the Titan who first bestowed fire, at the time the greatest standardized technology.
Traditionally, information about protocols has been communicated either through conventional scientific peer-reviewed publications, or through word-of-mouth interactions and protocol sharing between specific lab-groups. The former is slow and formal while the latter is inefficient in what is now a global field. The impetus for this project arose from a desire to provide an up-to-date, centralised resource, using new technology to facilitate contributions from research groups across the globe.
PrometheusWiki seeks to build a new method of communication about methods within the research community.
The PrometheusWiki site is a collaborative effort between the PrometheusWiki Editorial Board, CSIRO PUBLISHING, and with the support of the ARC Research Network for Vegetation Function. PrometheusWiki uniquely combines the open communication of the www with the traditions of peer review that ensure quality and prestige to deliver a useful resource for anyone conducting experiments in the fields of ecological and environmental plant physiology. Our site will provide a critical resource for students and experienced researchers to access and refine protocols in these fields.
We welcome contributions from all members of the ecophysiological community - from newcomers to established practitioners around the globe. Members of the editorial board will review each newly submitted protocol for appropriateness, safety, clarity of expression and duplication. Protocols assessed that meet these requirements are then posted live on the PrometheusWiki. Your contributions and feedback will make this endeavour a success.
Unlike a paper reference source, PrometheusWiki is continually updated, with the creation or updating of protocols on novel research areas within seconds, minutes, or hours, rather than months or years for the traditional scientific publication process. For certain protocols to promote standardization in the field PrometheusWiki has established a Gold Leaf system. Once a protocol has been well tested, verified and has received favourable user reviews, it will be reformatted and made available in a non-editable version as a community-approved method, a Gold Leaf protocol. For further description click the Gold Leaf Editorial Process
How to cite material from PrometheusWiki
Towards the top left hand corner of each page is a link to 'Cite This' page. This link brings up all the necessary bibliographic details for the given page including; page name, initiating author, date of last revision etc. Additionally, these details are automatically formatted into various common citation styles such as APA and MLA styles for you to copy and use directly.
Alternatively, where a reference has been provided to a paper using a described protocol, you may choose to refer to the published paper directly and note that you followed the associated protocol, as outlined on PrometheusWiki.
Ratings and rankings for reputability
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Beside each username is a star of a particular colour. The star colour indicates the degree to which the user has contributed to PrometheusWiki. Points are awarded for; posting a protocol, uploading an image, sending or receiving messages etc. Contributors pass from grey (newcomers) to blue, green, yellow, orange, red and finally purple (expert) status.
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PrometheusWiki disclaimers apply to all pages on PrometheusWiki.
PrometheusWiki is an online open-content collaborative project, that is, a voluntary association of individuals and groups working to develop a common resource of human knowledge. The structure of the project allows anyone with an Internet connection to alter its content.
That is not to say that you will not find valuable and accurate information in PrometheusWiki; much of the time you will. However, with certain exceptions "PrometheusWiki cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here." The content of any given (live) protocol may recently have been changed, vandalized or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant fields. This is where the role of Gold Leaf standard protocols is fundamental, offering well tested, standard approaches that have achieved community approval and received careful editing.
We use TikiWiki version 5.0, used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 License. This is very similar to the software used by Wikipedia. As such, the “look” of PrometheusWiki is also very similar to Wikipedia, and we have adopted many (though not all) of the community policies (including much of the specific wording on this and associated pages). However, governance of PrometheusWiki is in no way associated with the Wikipedia Foundation.
The TikiWiki software that runs PrometheusWiki retains a history of all edits and changes, thus information added toPrometheusWiki never 'vanishes'. Like any source, information should be checked.