Wikipedia:Featured article criteria
A featured article exemplifies our very best work and is distinguished by professional standards of writing, presentation, and sourcing; in addition to meeting the policies regarding content for all Wikipedia articles, it has 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: it is not subject to ongoing edit wars and its content does not change significantly from day to day, except in response to the featured article process.
- It follows the style guidelines, 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 substantial but not overwhelming system of hierarchical section headings; and
- consistent citations: where required by criterion 1c, consistently formatted inline citations using either footnotes (<ref>Smith 2007, p. 1.</ref>) or Harvard referencing (Smith 2007, p. 1)—see citing sources for suggestions on formatting references. The use of citation templates is not required.
- Media. It has images and other media, where appropriate, with succinct captions, and acceptable copyright status. Images 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.
|The path to a featured article|
- Wikipedia:Featured list criteria
- Wikipedia:Featured picture criteria
- Wikipedia:Featured portal criteria
- Wikipedia:Featured sound criteria
- Wikipedia:Featured topic criteria
- Wikipedia:Article development
- Wikipedia:The perfect article
- Wikipedia:Featured article advice
- Wikipedia:A-Class criteria
- Wikipedia:Featured article vs Good article criteria
Advice from Wikipedians
- User:Tony1/How to improve your writing
- User:Jengod/Some common objections to featured status and how to avoid them
- User:Yannismarou/Ten rules to make an article FA
- User:Dweller/Dweller, on Featured Article Candidates
- Suggestions on how to navigate the FA and A-class review process
Notes and references
- Smith, Jane (2007). The Book of Examples. New York: Best Publishers, Inc.