Help:Featured article criteria
A featured article exemplifies our very best work and is distinguished by professional standards of writing, presentation, and sourcing. These articles have the following attributes:
- It is—
- well-written: its prose is engaging and of a professional standard;
- comprehensive: it neglects no major facts or details and places the subject in context;
- well-researched: it is a thorough and representative survey of the relevant literature. Claims are verifiable against high-quality reliable sources and are supported by inline citations where appropriate;
- neutral: it presents views fairly and without bias; and
- stable: its content does not change significantly from day to day.
- It follows the article template, including the provision of—
- a lead: a concise lead section that summarizes the topic and prepares the reader for the detail in the subsequent sections;
- appropriate structure: a system of hierarchical section headings and a substantial but not overwhelming table of contents;
- internal and external linking: places emphasis on establishing bi-directional linking between the SEG Wiki and other SEG products and services; and
- consistent citations: where required by criterion 1c, consistently formatted inline citations using The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition — see citing sources for suggestions on formatting references.
- Media. It has images and other media, where appropriate, with succinct captions, and acceptable copyright status. Images included follow the image use policy. Non-free images or media must satisfy the criteria for inclusion of non-free content and be labeled accordingly.
- Length. It stays focused on the main topic without going into unnecessary detail and uses summary style.
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