How to Contribute Your Expertise to wikiHow (for Academics)

wikiHow is always looking at possibilities for improving the quality of advice given, especially in articles about relationship issues. wikiHow is the second largest wiki in the world, in the top 500 of most visited websites.

Jack Herrick, founder of wikiHow, is enthusiastic about reaching out to writers like you. In his words: “Why contribute to wikiHow? It’s a fantastic way to enable your knowledge to help millions of people. Every month, wikiHow gets read by over 40 million people around the world. You can help make sure that the information millions of people a day get is as good and helpful as possible.”

If you'd like to have the insights you've had in your work better represented on wikiHow, all you need is a word processor and the template below.


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    Look over the wikiHow New Articles submission template. a downloadable .rtf file is posted at - note that many sections are optional.
    • While the focus in the current project is on getting your submissions for new articles, if you'd like to take a look at existing relationship-related articles, visit
    • If you see anything in the articles you believe needs to be changed, you can send an email to, and your suggestions will be added into either the discussion page or directly into the articles. Please include a link to any articles you refer to.
    • To see which articles have been getting the most traffic, please visit our list of popular pages.
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    Brainstorm on these questions:
    • What are the most valuable relationship skills someone should know?
    • How could someone learn or improve on those skills?
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    Look around wikiHow. If you have questions, you can send an email to
    • When you brainstorm possible articles, consider submitting the types of step-by-step procedures you describe in Methodology sections of your research papers.
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    Paste the template into Microsoft Word or other document format.
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    Fill in the blanks. If you only complete required sections, writing the first draft could take less than 20 minutes. No need for it to be perfect - once the article is online, you and other wikiHow editors can continue to improve on it.
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    Submit template to wikiHow at before January 31 if you would like articles to be posted and considered for Featured Article status before Valentine's Day. The sooner the better for taking advantage of the surge in web traffic.
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    Reap the benefits of sharing your knowledge on wikiHow! Just a few reasons are listed below:
    • You can write and submit a new article in under an hour, just by downloading, filling in and sending back the RTF template.
    • Whomever submits new articles will be listed as "first author" on the article
    • WikiHow articles can be read by many thousands (compared with readership of most academic journal articles).
    • Excellent articles often get a spotlight and boost in traffic as featured articles, posted through our social media channels.
    • It doesn't need to be perfect - the acceptance rate for new article submissions is as close to 100% as possible.
    • If you can't immediately remember a citation for something you're pretty sure about, you can add it later.
    • You, your students and colleagues can keep improving on your articles for as long as wikiHow exists.
    • Other wikiHowians will also help improve the article.
    • If anyone makes a change that degrades the quality of the article, we can revert back to the previous version easily (and the Patrol Changes volunteers make sure any vandalism doesn't last long).
    • The ability to make ongoing edits allows you to keep articles current (compared to the longevity of other mediums).
    • It feels good to contribute! If your contributions can help even a few people improve the quality of their lives, you are making a difference. It can be a rush to see the hit counter grow over time.
    • You become a valued member of the growing wikiHow community.


  • What we will do with your submissions:
    • Create a new user account for you.
    • Convert your document into a new article on wikiHow, with your username as first author.
    • Let you know when your article is posted.
  • wikis like wikiHow and Wikipedia have so much web traffic, it makes sense to include them in your social media strategies and planning. If you share information through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or other social media, consider including watching & contributing to relevant wiki articles as part of your social media work. If your work has a grant-related "dissemination requirement," contributions to wikis could be included as part of your dissemination plan.

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