Information for WikiPathways Authors

We invite all interested researchers and authors to participate in the WikiPathways project! Here you'll find information about getting started as an author, requirements for pathway models, and our review process.

Requirements for Pathway Content

Pathway models published at WikiPathways must meet specific criteira for quality and completeness, to ensure that the content is useful, both for direct human consumption, and for computational analysis:

Getting Started

  1. Create a GitHub Account
    A free GitHub account is required to create or edit pathways at WikiPathways.
  2. Create a WikiPathways account
    A free WikiPathways account is required to create or edit pathways at WikiPathways during our move from the classic WikiPathways site.
  3. Install Tools and Resources
    To create and edit WikiPathways pathway models, you will need the pathway editor PathVisio with the WikiPathways plugin installed.
  4. Learn!
  5. Author: Create or Edit a Pathway Model

    Create a Pathway from Published Literature

    Browse our suggested pathway modeling tasks to find a published pathway of interest to you. Then create a pathway model and publish it at WikiPathways! The suggested pathways are selected based on novelty in terms of genes or disease focus.

    Improve an Existing Pathway

    Help improve WikiPathways by editing existing pathway models that are in need of improvement. These tasks include adding datanode identifiers, connecting interactions, updating labels, improving layout as well as larger tasks like completing an unfinished pathway.

  6. Engage: Join the WikiPathways Community
    Join the public discussion on pathway authoring and other WikiPathways-related topics.

Review Process

All new pathways and edits to existing pathways are subject to review by a combination of automated tests and human review. All new pathways will be reviewed by a reviewer from our "Reviewer of the week" group. If edits are needed, authors will be conatcted by the reviewer. Once an edit or new pathway is approved, it will be available on the new site. This process typically takes 5-7 days right now.

Our reviewers use our Quality Assurance Protocol to check for the following things:

Anyone is welcome to join the Reviewer Roster. Please contact us if you are interested.