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This guide is intended to assist editors in the creation and writing of articles on "magazines. After following this, you should have a ""perfect stub", and bigger articles should feel a bit more "mainstream".


Getting started[edit]

Before starting to write an article on a magazine, it helps to keep a few things in mind.

  1. have produced "award-winning work
  2. have served some sort of historic purpose or have a significant history
  3. are considered by "reliable sources to be authoritative in their subject area
  4. are frequently cited by other reliable sources
  5. are significant publications in ethnic and other non-trivial niche markets
This makes it hard for newly established magazines to get an article on Wikipedia, as they usually did not have time to become influential magazines.


  • The American Magazine of Physics
  • American magazine of physics
  • Am M Phys
  • Am. M. Phys.
  • AMP
  • A M P
  • A.M.P.
  • A. M. P.
These redirect pages should be tagged with {{"R from abbreviation}}, {{"R from other capitalisation}} or {{"R from alternative spelling}}. Note that it can be best to have a "disambiguation page for certain abbreviations. Tag these redirects on their talk page with {{WP Magazines|class=Redirect}}.

The infobox[edit]

Note: For "academic journals, you'll want to use {{"infobox journal}} instead of {{"infobox magazine}}.

The first step of creating a magazine article is to add the {{"infobox magazine}} template to a page, and fill as many entries as you can. An infobox does not replace prose, it simply presents key information (such as ISSN, language, editor-in-chief, publisher, magazine website, etc...) in a consistent manner from article to article. Filling this infobox will also help with the writing of the article.

Moving from the infobox to prose[edit]

Now after you're done filling the infobox, convert what you can into prose. For example, if the Magazine of Foo is a Dutch magazine published weekly by Acme focusing on codfish reproduction and migration, founded in 1924 by John Doe, you can write something like:

The Magazine of Foo is a "Dutch "magazine which focuses on "codfish "reproduction and "migration. It was founded in 1924 by the Austrian biologist "John Doe and is published by "Acme on a weekly basis.

Pretty much everything from the infobox can be included in prose, but leave out things like ISSN, OCLC identifier, website, and other "technical" information. Good descriptions of the magazines can usually be found in the first few pages of the magazine, or on their website, but sometimes they are overly precise and need to be "condensed".

Please reference everything you write. You can use a "citation template to facilitate your task. The {{"cite web}} and {{"cite journal}} templates will usually prove particularly handy. If you use the same source multiple times, you can write <ref name="NAME">{{cite xxx|author=|year=|title=|url=|publisher=|accessdate=}}</ref> the first time, and <ref name="NAME"/> subsequent times (replace NAME with something you like, such as MFooWebsite). [diberri.crabdance.com/cgi-bin/templatefiller/ This tool] can facilitate filling out the templates.

Never copy-paste descriptions (or anything else) from magazine websites. These cannot be trusted to be "neutral and are likely to be "copyrighted material. Beware of "weasel words, such as "is a leading magazine...", "publishes high-quality research...", etc...

What to include[edit]

magazine scope

The article should have a brief description of the magazine's scope.

Publication history

The article should have information about any of the following which apply

Official affiliations

If the magazine is affiliated with societies (i.e. is their official magazine), or is part of an independent network of publications, this should be mentioned.

What not to include[edit]

Aims, readership

A tropical fish magazine can be assumed to have the goals of providing information on tropical fish and other animals/plants kept in aquariums, as well as be aimed towards tropical fish hobbyists. If you correctly described the scope of the magazine, e.g. "magazine of Foobar is a tropical fish magazine with a focus on Asian and South-American fish.", then the aims of the magazine and its readership will be obvious.

List of authors and full editorial boards

Magazines often like to list well-known or prestigious authors, or to include them on their editorial board to add to their reputation. While magazines are free to do whatever they want on their websites, authors have little impact on the daily operations of the magazine, as do most of the editorial board. Therefore, in most cases, lists of contributors and full editorial boards should be left out of articles. Exceptions can be made in cases where the involvement with the magazine of (some) board members or authors (whether positively or negatively) has generated coverage in "independent reliable sources.

Other things

Things like

are all best left out of the article. Anyone who truly cares about that can consult the magazine's website.


If possible, you should "upload an image of the cover of the magazine and place it in the infobox. You can usually find low-resolution images on the magazine's website (or on the publisher's website) that can be uploaded under "our non-free media use guidelines. For an example of a cover upload, see here.

Supplements and side publications[edit]

Some magazines have supplemental issues or side publications. If this is the case, mention them along with relevant information (editor, ISSN, year of establishment). If these publications are notable on their own, consider creating a standalone article for them.

External links[edit]

Here give the homepage of the magazine and its parent magazine if it has one. Something like:

Publisher homepages are usually of very little relevance, so do not include them unless they are of particular relevance (for example if the publisher was founded to publish that specific magazine).

Stub templates and categories[edit]

The finishing touches should be added (at the bottom of the page):

If any category is missing, contact "WikiProject magazines and let us know that the category is missing.

Wikiprojects and planning for the long term[edit]

Note For academic journals, you'll usually want to use {{"WPJournals}} instead of {{"WP Magazines}}. However, sometimes both {{"WP Magazines}} and {{"WPJournals}} might be appropriate.

It is very important for the long-term development of articles that their talk pages be tagged with an "appropriate WikiProject template. You should add the WikiProject Magazines template {{"WP Magazines}} AND other relevant Wikiprojects templates when possible. This will ensure that the relevant WikiProjects will be contacted if the article is (for example) "nominated for deletion (if they subscribe to the "Article Alerts system), and will be categorized in the appropriate "cleanup listings, on top of providing convenient links to WikiProjects for editors looking for help.

See also[edit]

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