PhysicsWiki:WikiProject Citation cleanup

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Welcome to Maintenance-area Citation cleanup. Some Physicswikins have formed this collaboration resource and group dedicated to improving the quality and consistency of citations and footnotes in Physicswiki. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions and various resources; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Physicswikins interested in the topic. If you would like to help, please join the project, inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list below.


  • Standardising the use of citations by making all citations within the same article consistent with each other
  • Ensuring that no citations are broken at any time
  • Preserving citations by archiving them with WebCite


Open tasks

edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for PhysicsWiki:WikiProject Citation cleanup:

Here are some tasks awaiting attention:


  • If you see a link that shows up as [1], try to convert it to show up with text (e.g. Google).
  • If you see a reference to a news article, it is helpful to link to an online-version of this article (typing the title of the article in the search engine is often sufficient).

Tagging articles

If you don't have time to fix citations/references at the moment, you can still help by tagging the article so that others can find and fix them.

See also

Help:Citations quick reference



Please feel free to add yourself here, and to indicate any areas of particular interest.

  1. bdesham (talk · contribs) 18:26, 23 August 2007 (UTC)
  2. Wtmitchell (talk · contribs) 04:31, 6 September 2007 (UTC)
  3. Rifleman_82 (talk · contribs)
  4. Wildhartlivie (talk · contribs) 06:47, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
  5. Softtest123 (talk · contribs) (I am adding citations to computer oriented articles with no citations) 13:56, 30 September 2007 (UTC)
  6. Biochemza (talk · contribs) 20:38, 1 November 2007 (UTC). Fixing citation style consistency.
  7. Jw21 (talk · contribs) 01:37, 2 December 2007 (UTC) (I have been adding and checking citations before this Maintenance-area came into light, and I'd be happy to be affiliated with it.)
  8. Superm401 (talk · contribs) 12:55, 31 December 2007 (UTC) As with Jw21, I've been doing this often, and I'm glad to join up.
  9. Sparkygravity (talk · contribs) I'm interested in working on citation style consistency, and increasing reliable sources 17:44, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
  10. Altairisfar (talk · contribs) 02:20, 12 January 2008 (UTC)
  11. Brenont (talk · contribs) 03:30, 7 March 2008 (UTC)
  12. EraserGirl (talk · contribs) 03:46, 6 April 2008 (UTC)
  13. Skittleys (talk · contribs) 04:52, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
  14. Leonard^Bloom (talk · contribs) I hit "Random Article" and if whatever comes up needs work, I do it. 00:27, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
  15. Blehfu (talk · contribs) 04:16, 17 August 2008 (UTC)
  16. N2e (talk · contribs)04:26, 17 August 2008 (UTC)
  17. Legoktm (talk · contribs) 02:28, 12 September 2008 (UTC)
  18. Jw_193 (talk · contribs) 12:34, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  19. UpstateNYer (talk · contribs) 21:32, 3 December 2008 (UTC) - I also go for random articles and format into {{cite}}. I'll also hit big-ticket pages and fix their references as well.
  20. OlEnglish (talk · contribs) Always checking and adding citations. 23:19, 9 January 2009 (UTC)
  21. Atmoz (talk · contribs) 16:56, 11 January 2009 (UTC)
  22. Emc2 (talk · contribs) 22:02, 19 January 2009 (UTC)
  23. Speednat (talk · contribs) 03:24, 21 February 2009 (UTC) I have been doing it already, mainly in birds.
  24. Jeffq (talk · contribs) 18:44, 19 March 2009 (UTC). Most of my non-trivial WP edits of late involve cleaning up, expanding, and formatting citations, including turning bare external links to proper references, usually whenever I read an article for other purposes.
  25. Flipper24 (talk · contribs) 11:37, 29 April 2009 (UTC)There are a number of Australian Schools articles that could use some citations.
  26. Unionhawk (talk · contribs) 04:11, 25 May 2009 (UTC)
  27. Mistress of Awesome (talk · contribs) 19:15, 30 May 2009 (UTC), unhealthily obsessed with checking footnotes and references.
  28. Momoricks (talk · contribs) 00:35, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
  29. Matthew Desjardins (talk · contribs)
  30. Lantrix (talk · contribs) 02:54, 26 September 2009 (UTC), have been checking and correcting citations for quite a while.
  31. Zoeydahling (talk · contribs) 03:59, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
  32. bender235 (talk · contribs) 01:32, 28 December 2009 (UTC), I've fixed citation styles in Physicswiki for years.
  33. DutchTreat (talk · contribs) 13:20, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
  34. PoeticVerse (talk · contribs) 13:54, 17 March 2010 (UTC)
  35. CharlesGillingham (talk · contribs) 16:29, 24 March 2010 (UTC)
  36. RDBrown (talk · contribs) 14:37, 8 June 2010 (UTC) PMID etc → cite journal
  37. Reaper_Eternal (talk · contribs) 02:23, 2 November 2010 (UTC) - I commonly open "Random article", fix any citations, and then walk down the wikilinks looking for more citations to fix.
  38. Francophile124 (talk · contribs) 09:51, 2 March 2011 (UTC)
  39. ShelleyAdams (talk · contribs) 13:42, 21 March 2011 (UTC)
  40. TheJJJunk (talk · contribs) 14:46, 24 March 2012 (UTC)
  41. ramaksoud2000 (talk · contribs) 02:26, 14 December 2011 (UTC)
  42. Wtwilson3 (talk · contribs) I don't have a lot of time to fix references, but have been tagging a lot and decided to join up. And it's good to be #41 on the list, I used to have a cat named 41. — Bill W. (Talk) (Contrib)  –  19 June 2018, 23:31 (UTC) 19:24, 6 January 2012 (UTC)
  43. Benzband (talk · contribs)

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Collaboration and review

Peer review


Citation templates

Article tagging templates


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  • Universal reference formatter for journal article citations.
  • WebCite — tool to archive webpages to allow stable citation links.
  • Diberri template builder — given an ISBN, a PubMed ID, etc., output a citation which can be pasted into a Physicswiki article.
  • Reference generator — generates wikicode for journals, webpages, and other commonly cited sources.
  • Citation bot — for finding and fixing citation errors, and adding missing data.
  • User:CitationTool — finds a different set of errors. Not currently working.
  • Wikicite — a free program that helps editors to properly reference their Physicswiki contributions using citation templates. It is written in Visual Basic .NET, making it suitable only for users with the .NET Framework installed on Windows, or, for other platforms, the Mono alternative framework.
    • Wikicite+ - free program based on source code from the above Wikicite project - features extra validation, bug fixes, additional cite templates (such as cite episode) as well as tools for stub sorting and more.
  • — a free tool to generate an alphabetized bibliography for books, using an input list of International Standard Book Number (ISBN) numbers, with output in MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, BibTeX, or Physicswiki format (also generates a permalink).
  • Cite.php — a MediaWiki extension that enables the use of <ref>.
  • Zotero allows you to find articles in Mozilla Firefox and easily paste them into Physicswiki as citation templates using Ctrl-Alt-C
  • Smith609's Google Scholar interface lets you search for articles in Google Scholar and automatically produce an appropriate cite template.
  • User:Richiez tools to handle citations for a whole article at a time. Converts occurrences of {{pmid XXXX}} or {{isbn XXXX}} to properly formatted footnote or Harvard style references. Written in Ruby and requires a working installation with basic libraries.
  • Maintenance-area Check Physicswiki produces a series of daily reports with checks on various wiki syntax elements. The reports on broken template syntax frequently list {{citation}} templates.

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