Add an Article Help

To add an article to an EOL taxon page, go to the Detail tab and look for the add an article button.

When you add an article to an EOL page, you should follow these steps:

Select your subchapter

Select the subchapter that best matches the topic you are going to write about.  Have a look at Writing Content for EOL Chapters for detailed information about the chapter topics.

Enter a title (optional)

If you would like to add a more specific title to describe your article, you can use the Title field for this.

Enter your text

Your article can consist of text that you author yourself, or you can copy text from other sources.  Please copy the work of others ONLY if it is in the public domain or if it is available for reuse under a creative commons license that is compatible with the EOL Licensing Policy.  For example, Wikipedia articles are available for reuse in EOL subchapters, either verbatim or modified by you.  See Re-using Wikipedia content for more information.  Quotation of brief passages from other works is, of course, always allowed as long as you cite your source and clearly mark this text using quotation marks.

For the time being, you need to know some basic HTML if you want to format your text.  For example, you can use paragraph tags to structure your article like this:

<p>Here is a sentence.</p>

<p>Here is a sentence that would be good to be in another paragraph.</p>

You can use emphasis tags to italicize text like this:

The <em>Scientific name</em> in this sentence is in italics (emphasized).

Also, web addresses will not be linked automatically, you need to add HTML tags to do this. Be sure to add the "http://" before your web address or the link won't work:

<p>Here is a sentence with a <a href="">link</a>.</p>

Add your references

Be sure to cite your references in your text and add a list of references in the References field.

Select your language

Make sure your language is properly selected.

Select your license

Note that all articles contributed to EOL must be available for reuse at least for non-commercial purposes. For more information, see the EOL Licensing Policy.   If you copy information from other sources to EOL, make sure you obey any licensing restrictions that may apply to the content.

Enter rights holder information if this is not your own work

Rights holder information is only needed if you copy content that is owned by others.  If you leave this field blank and select a creative commons license, you will be credited as the owner of the information.  If the article is in the public domain, there will not be a rights holder credit.

Enter a rights statement (optional)

You can use this field to enter attribution information that you want to accompany the copyright notice for your article.  However, please make sure that your rights statement does not contradict the license you have chosen; for example, you cannot limit the use to educational or academic use. If you choose a non-commercial license, all non-commercial use will be permitted.

Enter a bibliographic citation (optional)

People will want to cite the information they find on EOL. Rather than citing an entire page, which is an evolving patchwork of information from many different sources, we want to encourage them to cite individual articles. In order to make this easy, we recommend that you provide an explicit bibliographic citation for each of your articles. If your article is taken verbatim from a published book or paper, you can use the citation for this work. If your text is available in digital format only, use an online citation. Include authors, dates, the text object title, and version information if possible, e.g.:

Moro, Cecile. 2011. Pheidole obscurithorax. Trophic Strategy. In Encyclopedia of Life,

Enter the URL for the original data object (optional)

If you have copied or modified content from another online source, enter the web address for the original here.  Make sure you provide the address of the page that contains the text you copied, not the home page of the project that provides this content.

Add your article

When you click on the add article button, your information will be added to the relevant EOL taxon page.  Unless you are an EOL curator, your article will initially be marked as unreviewed, pending curator approval.  If you want to edit an article you have added in the past, go to its data object info page, which can be accessed through the learn more about this article link in the Detail tab.  There will be an edit this article button near the top of the page.