# Help:Editor FAQ

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# Scholarwiki

## What is a "category"? What is an "Encyclopedia of.."?

An encyclopedia in Scholarpedia is a portal article (web page) containing lists of articles/authors on a given topic and other useful information. This page is edited and manually maintained by its editor: nothing there is added automatically.

In Scholarpedia categories are keywords (also) used to label articles related to the same topic.

An article belongs to category C iff its source page contains the token [[Category:C]].

For each category, a category page is automatically created. For a category C the category page is located at http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Category:C. The category page automatically shows at its bottom links to all the pages in that category (i.e. having  [[Category:C]] in the text). The top of a category page can be edited as usual. In Scholarpedia you can link to the page of say category "Physics" by adding to the text the token  [[:Category:Physics|text to be displayed]] (note the leading ":")

A category D is a subcategory of a category C iff the category page of D contains the token [[Category:C]] (just as with article pages). Articles belonging to subcategory do not automatically belong to the parent category (if you want that you should add [[Category:parent category name]] to each article in the subcategory).

## How can I delete a page?

You cannot. Just empty all its contents and categories, and add the tag [[Category:Delete this page]]. The editor-in-chief will delete the page for you.

## How I create super-categories and sub-categories of my category?

To include your category into a bigger category, just edit your category page and list all the "bigger" categories you would like it to be included,
by writing [[Category:BiggerCategoryName_1]] [[Category:BiggerCategoryName_2]] and so on.

To have subcategories in your category, just go to the subcategory pages and add there a link to your category, i.e. add [[Category:MyCategoryName]].

In this sense, categories are treated as just articles.

## Should I add [[Category:Scholarpedia]] to the articles in my category?

NO. This is a temporary category for articles that will have their own categories when an appropriate editor is found and the appropriate encyclopedia is initiated.

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## How can I find if a potential author or reviewer already has a username

To check whether a potential author or reviewer already has a username in Scholarpedia, go to user list and find the username of that person. Alternatively, you can find any person by typing his/her last name in the search window and pressing 'Title' button. If the person with such a username exists, you will see the link 'User:<lastname>'. The person may have a different username, so there is a line "See all users with names/affiliations containing ...". Follow this line.

## There is a misprint in the username of some user: shall I create another account?

NO: just inform the editor-in-chief and he will rename the username. It is much easier to rename than to merge things.

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# Editorial activity

## In my communication with the authors, which email account should I use?

Editors should use their own email accounts for all communications with authors. They do not need to forward their correspondence to the editor-in-chief, unless they think that the editor-in-chief should be aware of it (to avoid potential conflicts with future invitations, etc.).

## Can editors see the suggestions that are sent to suggestions@scholarpedia.org?

All the suggestions by the general public are mailed to the editor-in-chief, who then sends invitations. Since presently, the suggestions are restricted to eponymous articles, the invitation process is quick (no need to do the homework to find "the original inventor"). If a suggested article overlaps with any of the categories for which there is an editor, the editor-in-chief tries to contact the corresponding editor.

## How should I proceed if an author does not answer and I'd like to invite a co-author?

If the author agreed to write an article, you cannot invite a co-author without the author's approval. What if he/she does not want a co-author or does not want this particular person? Thus, if the author does not answer your emails, there is nothing you can do. If the author ignores your requests at all, then you should cancel the original invitation and invite another person - apparently the author is not serious to work with you on this article.

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## Do we have some reviewer instructions?

Yes, they are available at http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Help:Reviewers .

## May I invite more than 2 referees?

YES. Any number of reviewers could be invited.

## The article has an empty See also/Further reading section: shall I delete it?

No. Keep the empty sections. They are needed to comply with the Scholarpedia standard. Instead of deleting, it is better to provide links there for other relevant articles (in "See also" section) or contact the author and ask to provide further reading material.

## I need to create a test page to use in my editorial activity: how/where to create it?

If you are user X, create it as eg: User:X/sandbox.

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