Wiki Guidelines

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These guidelines complement the Template. See also Excellent article for editorial guidance.

Subject title

  • Keep it as short as possible
  • Note: If you need to change your title do it before editing; otherwise use ‘Move Page’ function.


  • Concise lead section or introduction
  • 1-4 paragraphs long
  • Do not type ‘introduction’ as a heading – just write the introductory paragraph at the start of article.

The article

  • Put your main text in this section.
  • Provide relevant context (policy, practice, science).
  • Consider important interactions with other components of the coastal system.
  • Your Coastal Wiki Manual, and the Step-by-step guide tells you how to produce links, emphasise text, lists, headlines etc.
  • Link to other relevant coastal wiki articles.
  • Don’t enter into details if good references and links to detailed information are available.
  • Article length – between a few hundred to a few thousand words.
  • Other tips:
  1. Separate major sections of article with section headlines.
  2. Use heirachial heading structure
  3. Box text for effect
  4. Define terms
  5. Add relevant images or graphics, tables
  6. Use analogies and comparisons to illustrate


  • Where a citation is to occur, insert: <ref>Jones, D. 2006. How to write a coastal wiki article. Encora press, Belgium. 23pp</ref>. This will appear in the text as:

Jones[1] showed us how to write articles....


You do it like this[2]

  • Type <references/> to generate automatic reference list

which will generate the follwing:

  1. Jones, D. 2006. How to write a coastal wiki article. Encora press, Belgium. 23pp
  2. Jones, D. 2006. How to write a coastal wiki article. Encora press, Belgium. 23pp

See also

  • Link to related WIKI articles – search the database to see what’s out there.

External Links

  • Link to resources and information already available (but only if not copyright).

Crediting the author

Don't forget authorship:

Typing this:

|AuthorName= Pilkington, Caitlin}}

will generate this:

The main author of this article is Pilkington, Caitlin
Please note that others may also have edited the contents of this article.

Citation: Pilkington, Caitlin (2013): Wiki Guidelines. Available from [accessed on 24-09-2021]

Your author ID number can be found at the end of the URL of your contact card page - find this through Contact Database.