Editing Details

One of the strengths of the Embryo Project Encyclopedia, unlike some internet resources, is that the content in it passed rigorous peer, professional, and editorial review. The review process for encyclopedia articles differs from that of Embryo Project Essays.

As contributors write their encyclopedia articles, each article receives several rounds of comments from the author’s writing peers, Embryo Project editors, science historians, and scientists. For each article then submitted for publication, the Embryo Project editors meet to review the article and to decide whether or not to accept it. Any article selected for publication then receives an editor who verifies every statement of fact in the article. Articles that fail such verification aren’t published. Finally, a managing editor reviews all articles prior to publication to ensure that they are mutually consistent in style, tone, accuracy, and disinterestedness. Once an article has passed peer, professional, and editorial review, only then is it published.

People who contribute Embryo Project Essays submit their article to professional peer review, as is done for scholarly journals. The Embryo Project Encyclopedia publishes only those essays that pass such review.

Embryo Project editors and archivists write the metadata for the individual objects in the encyclopedia. They follow the metadata standards, and they work with historians and scientists to write the descriptions for things like photographs.