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Best practices for an efficient research community

Some tips on working with us in the EDU research community.

How can I recommend a website, propose a research question, or share findings with the EDU community?

Sign in to this EDU wiki with your real name. EDU Researchers listed on the People page may add Questions and Research summary pages for the community. Please do not edit the Home, People, or Project pages. For more information on ways to help us build the community please visit the People page.

OK, but what is this wiki syntax?

The wiki syntax is the same as the one used by the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. It is simple and straightforward, you can learn the basics in a few minutes. This means that once you will have learned the syntax, you will be able to edit both this EDU website and Wikipedia. For guidelines, you can consult:

How can I convert HTML code into Wiki code?

Go to: [1]

How can I manage and share my bibliographical materials?

We recommend a new free bibliographic management tool called Zotero which allows you to import references directly from the web (from Google Scholar, Amazon, etc.). It has many other features. EDU members also have access to a shared private bibliographical database with 250+ references.

How can I co-author a paper?

Google Docs is an online word processor allowing up to 50 people to edit a document at the same time. A complete history of modifications is kept. Spreadsheets and presentations are also supported.

I am receiving EDU Talk posts by email, but I can't access the EDU Talk archive or papers (to post my paper). What is wrong?

You need to sign up for a free Google account BEFORE you can access EDU Talk on the web. If you already have a Gmail account you automatically have a Google account. If you don’t want a Gmail webmail account, you still need a basic Google account to access EDU Talk. Here's how to get EITHER a Gmail account OR a basic (no webmail) Google account:

Contacting Others in the EDU Community

Two EDU listserves (EDU-Talk and EDU-Notices) are available. Please do not send unsolicited group emails to EDU members on the People page. Thank you.

How can I invite other researchers to the EDU community?

You can start with (and shorten or edit as you wish) the following email template:

Dear Prof. _______,
Because of your remarkable work on ______________, I'm glad to invite you hereby to join the EDU research community. There are many ways you might want to participate (see below). But for now, if you accept, I'd at least need a one sentence description of your research. Would the following description suit you?____________, ______________________________________________.
Best regards,

The EDU community sincerely hope you will find interest and relevant resources to your work. Below we suggest some ways you might be interested in participating. Please pick only those of interest.
1. Endorsement. If you believe our EDU community is worthy of public support by granting agencies, please consider publicly endorsing it by listing yourself on our People page: Developing a diverse and high-quality list of endorsing scholars is very helpful when we apply for grants to fund our conferences. If you are willing to be listed as an endorser we would need a one-sentence summary of your research interests, in the same format and length as those listed above. We would also appreciate a list of one to five publications of yours (peer reviewed journals or trade articles, books, or websites) which scholars in the EDU community might find of interest, to be listed on the EDU Bibliography page: Please note that we strongly encourage open-access to papers. So, please provide a public URL for as many of your papers (or drafts, if the final papers are copyrighted) as possible (or use the wiki to upload PDFs, or ask us for other options, see point 4. below).
2. Join a Listserve. Two listserves are presently in use by the EDU Community. You are warmly encouraged to join either or both.A. EDU-Notices is a public, low-volume, announcements-only list for occasional updates on EDU community activities. To join: EDU-Talk is an invite-only private discussion list for exploring and critiquing models, hypotheses, questions, and speculations relating to the evolution and development of the universe as a system. Please join this list to share your work with others, and participate in occasional discussions. You can configure your settings to receive individual, daily digest, or no email from the list. To join: Please fill out (very briefly) seven “Join” questions: and email them to and you will be added to the list. 
3. Next conference. Please consider attending and/or presenting a paper, poster, or tutorial at our next conference, EDU 2013 We will post more on the conference to the listserves as details develop. 
4. Bibliography. In addition to the bibliography page, we have a members-only shared bibliography (with "Zotero"). It has currently more than 250 references, almost each of them having a public or private PDF link. Please email to request access.
5. Other Scholars. If there are other researchers or graduate students who you think may be interested in an invitation to the EDU community, please let us know their names and we will invite them, or alternatively, feel free to invite them yourself. 
6. Research Collaborations. Consider reaching out to any of the scholars presently in the EDU community, either through the EDU Talk list or by private email correspondence, to discuss potential research collaborations. Aiding research collaboration on EDU-related themes is a major goal of our community. Let us know if you need emails for any EDU scholar which are not publicly listed. 
7. EDU Wiki Editing. Our wiki uses the same software (MediaWiki) as Wikipedia. All EDU scholars are free to edit the EDU wiki, create pages on their research interests, expand existing pages, etc. To edit, please create an account on the wiki using your real name, not an online pseudonym, and then login using your account to edit. 
Thank you for your work advancing our scientific understanding of the universe, and we sincerely hope you can participate with us in the EDU community at some level, as your time and interest allow. 
Warm Regards, 
[Your Name, Title, email here]
Clement Vidal, Philosopher ( in CC)
Georgi Georgiev, Physicist ( in CC)
John Smart, Systems Theorist ( in CC) 
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