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2015-06-13 Sorry for the recent downtime! If you still have problems, try this alternate URL:
2015-05-28 Inferring horizontal gene transfer was published this week! Congrats to Matt, Nives, Florent and Christophe for their hard work! See also this blog post for background.
2014-09-25 Multi-state modeling of biomolecules was published this week! Congrats to Melanie, Thomas, Terrence and Mary for their hard work! On that occasion, PLOS Computational Biology launched its Topic Pages collection.

Finished your topic page? Starting a new one? Celebrate by adding a new news item!

This is the PLOS Computational Biology wiki. It is in place to allow drafting PLoS CB Topic Pages in an environment close to that of Wikipedia. Topic Pages are the work of the respective authors, they are subject to change, and if published they will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License [1] at PLOS Computational Biology.

The server is managed by Spencer Bliven, and is hosted by the RCSB. The server was recently upgraded and should be much more stable. In the event of a power or network outage, updates should be available from, which should always be accessible.

The wiki requires registration for editing in order to cut down on spam, but it is readable by the public. Account requests are usually approved within a day.

All content is licensed under CC-BY (2.5 or later), in order to be compatible with PLOS.

Getting started

Authors of Topic pages should first read the Author Guide for information about the format and submission process. Once you have an account and ready to start drafting, just create a new page. You may want to start with the Topic Page Template. Examples of published Topic Pages are collected in Category:PLoS Computational Biology articles.

PLoSWiki runs on top of MediaWiki, with the result that most things work just like wikipedia. Therefore, the first places to look for tips on editing, syntax, etc. is are the mediawiki and wikipedia help pages.

Important Differences from Wikipedia

  • Links to wikipedia. PLoSWiki is not intended to have comprehensive content, so links to wikipedia are encouraged. Just prefix your link with 'wp:'. For instance, [[wp:Ochre Sea Star|Ochre Sea Star]] renders to Ochre Sea Star. Links to other wikis will always display in blue, even if the destination pages do not exist. Be sure to check your links!
  • Templates. PLoSWiki does not support most Wikipedia templates. Simple templates can be transcluded from wikipedia to a local page and then used in PLoSWiki (as done for Template:PDB, for instance), but this doesn't work well for complex templates. We're working on solutions to this. For now, post requests for wikipedia templates in the Discussion page for this article.
  • References. Wikipedia uses the {{cite}} template for references. PLoSWiki does not support this template, and uses <ref>...</ref> tags instead. These can be easily combined with Pubmed IDs to have easy consistent references. See PLoSWiki:Citing Sources for more examples.
  • Figure hooks. PLoS articles are encouraged to include in-text hooks to every figure (eg 'see figure 1'). See User:Spencer Bliven/Figures for a wiki-compatible way of referencing figures and tables.
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