Getting Started on MagWiki


If you are not already a member of the MagWiki community you will not be able to create of edit MagWiki pages. If you want to contribute sign up to Wikispaces and request to join MagWiki; the admin team will do the rest.
For those who are interested in contributing to MagWiki this page provides some basic information about styles, editing, and some useful tools.


Wikispaces Support

Wikispaces has a range of online support pages that describe various aspects of creating and editing articles.

A quick video tour of some of the main features and getting started
A guide to formatting text and page layout
Wikispaces FAQ



Symbols & Equations

When you are editing a MagWiki page and you need to enter a special symbol or character these can be found in the "Widget" tab of the editor bar under the heading "Insert Special Character". The range of options is limited, so extra symbols are included below, which can be copy-pasted as required.

Alpha
Beta
Gamma
Delta
Epsilon
Zeta
Eta
Theta
Iota
Kappa
Lambda
Mu
Nu
Xi
Omicron
Pi
Pico
Sigma
Tau
Upsilon
Phi
Chi
Psi
Omega
Α
Β
Γ
Δ
Ε
Ζ
Η
Θ
Ι
Κ
Λ
Μ
Ν
Ξ
Ο
Π
Ρ
Σ
Τ
Υ
Φ
Χ
Ψ
Ω
α
β
γ
δ
ε
ζ
η
θ
ι
κ
λ
μ
ν
ξ
ο
π
ρ
σ
τ
υ
φ
χ
ψ
ω


Wikispaces supports equations using math tags. For example:
[[math]]
\frac{1}{\tau}=\frac{1}{f_0}\exp{ \frac{VH_k}{2kT} }
[[math]]
produces:


This uses the LaTeX convention of equation writing, which may people may be familiar with. If you do not know LaTeX, but have MathType 6.6+ then you can translate equations to Wikispaces. The following is from the MathType help page:

"Setting up MathType to work with Wikispaces
  1. Choose Cut and Copy Preferences from the Preferences menu.
  2. Choose Equation for application or website > Wikispaces. You don't need to perform this step for every equation. Once you choose the appropriate translator, future equations will be translated using this translator until you choose a different one.
Copying an equation from MathType into Wikispaces
  1. Select the equation or equation fragment you want to insert into Wikispaces, and copy it.
  2. Paste the equation into your Wikispaces page or article."


An alternative option is to use CodeCogs online editor, which has a visual interface similar to MathType and can be used to create LaTeX equations.

If you have problems with equations or symbols please ask the admin.


Reproducing Copyrighted Material

If you wish to upload figures, tables or include quotes from copyrighted material permission may be required from the copyright owner. Below is list of most likely copyright owners and the necessary steps to properly cite the material. This is currently not an extensive list, but if you are in doubt contact a member of the admin team and they will look into your specific case.

AGU journals

AGU does not require that permission be obtained from AGU or the author(s) for the use of tables, figures, or short extracts of papers published in AGU journals or books, provided that the original publication be appropriately cited.

The standard credit line for the citation is, “Author(s), title, publication, volume number, issue number, citation number (or page number(s) prior to 2002), date. Copyright [year] American Geophysical Union.” The following must also be included, “Reproduced/modified by permission of American Geophysical Union.”

If an article was placed in the public domain, in which case the words “Not subject to U.S. copyright” appear on the bottom of the first page or screen of the article, please substitute “published” for the word “copyright” in the credit line mentioned above.

Other Journals

This will follow shortly


References

The MagWiki Philosophy

As anyone in science will tell you citations are the lifeblood of scientists. Therefore getting the correct citation is important for MagWiki. We will aim to be accurate in our citations and when there are errors they will corrected as soon as possible.

If you use information from MagWiki, remember, credit where credit is due: cite the original paper. If no reference is given please ask as this is likely to be an omission that needs to be corrected. If you do find MagWiki useful, an acknowledgement is always welcome.

Reference Style

In general the references on MagWiki should follow the style guidelines for AGU journals, but with one difference: if a digital object identifier (DOI) is available it should always be included. We live in a digital age and MagWikiis a digital tool, so it is only appropriate to include all DOIs. The DOIs should be linked to the appropriate website, which can be achieved by adding "http://dx.doi.org/" in front of the DOI of the article.

Common reference

These are likely to be some common references so they are here for you to copy and paste. Please feel free to expand on this list if you find a reference that is being repeatedly being used.

[Surname, First]. (2007), [Article name], in Encyclopedia of Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism, edited by D. Gubbins and E. Herrero-Bervera, pp. XXX–XXX, Springer, Dordrecht.

Butler, R. F. (1992). Paleomagnetism: Magnetic Domains to Geologic Terranes, Blackwell Scientific Publ., Boston.

Dunlop, D. J., and Ö. Ö zdemir (1997), Rock Magnetism: Fundamentals and Frontiers, Cambridge Stud. Magn., vol. 3, Cambridge Univ. Press, New York.

Tauxe, L., Essentials of Paleomagnetism, University of California Press, 2010.