This page sets out the (informal) 'code of conduct' to using the Atlas. Most of the points are either common sense or common courtesy when using a resource that is Community Editable and Openly Licenced, but please adhere to these guidelines so that all users can maximise their gains from using the Atlas.
Attribution of Yourself
It is important that it is clear who is making contributions. Therefore you are expected to:
- Identify yourself by your real name -- either by using it for your login or explicitly connecting your login and your real name on your Atlas home page (i.e. the page named after your login).
- Explicitly acknowledge your contributions where this is appropriate (see below on Editing for more)
Attribution and Referencing of Others
If you are explicitly using material from another source please reference articles on the page (see HelpOnCitations) or textbooks and other sources in a footnote using normal referencing conventions.
If you are presenting a model from a particular paper please reference it (even if not using direct quotes) as this helps to build up the Atlas Bibliography.
Even though the Atlas is made available under an open licence there is still an attribution requirement, so if using, reusing or redistributing content from the Atlas please follow the attribution process set out on the license page.
Editing by Users
- If you are editing an existing page then please acknowledge yourself under 'Additional Contributors' and make a brief comment on the changes you have made.
Be respectful! The Atlas is primarily a scholarly resource designed for use by the 'working economist', and inevitably this will bring together several different 'schools of thought'. However, the Atlas aims to give an unbiased presentation of the core repertoire of models, so if you don't agree with another author's interpretation then please add to the page rather than deleting their point of view. Academic debate is encouraged, but only if all points of view are heard. If you really feel unhappy with a particular page the best thing to do is to create a similarly named alternative (but leaving the original where it is) and the appeal to the Editorial_Board.
The Editorial Board
Some tasks, such as the initial review of pages, are solely the responsibility of the Editorial_Board so please do not change the review status of articles.
- Members of the Editorial Board will keep track of changes across the site and have the right to reverse changes and delete pages if appropriate.