AARoads:Assessment/A-Class criteria

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Symbol a class (aa alternate).svg A-Class criteria
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The A-Class criteria are the six standards by which an article at A-Class review (ACR) may be compared and judged to be an A-Class article. An A-Class article has to meet more demanding standards than the B-Class criteria.


The six A-Class criteria are the aspects that should be considered when assessing whether to pass or fail an ACR.

An A-Class article is:

  1. Well-written:
    1. its prose is engaging and of a professional standard; and
    2. it fully complies with the Manual on Uniform Road Articles guidelines.
  2. Verifiable with no original research:
    1. it contains a list of all references (sources of information), presented in accordance with the layout style guideline;[1] it contains consistently formatted inline citations using footnotes; citation templates should be used;
    2. it is a thorough and representative survey of the relevant literature; claims are verifiable against high-quality reliable sources, and all content that could reasonably be challenged, except for that which summarizes cited content elsewhere in the article, must be cited no later than the end of the paragraph (or line if the content is not in prose);
    3. it contains no original research; and
    4. is contains no copyright violations and is free of plagiarism or too-close paraphrasing.
  3. Comprehensive:
    1. it neglects no major facts or details and places the subject in context; and
    2. it stays focused on the main topic without going into unnecessary detail and uses summary style where appropriate.
  4. Neutral: it represents viewpoints fairly and without editorial bias, giving due weight to each.
  5. Stable: it does not change significantly from day to day because of an ongoing edit war or content dispute.[2]
  6. Illustrated, if possible, by media such as images, video, or audio:[3]
    1. media are tagged with their copyright statuses, and valid non-free use rationales are provided for non-free content; and
    2. media are relevant to the topic, and have suitable captions.


  1. ^ Dead links are considered verifiable only if the link is not a bare url.
  2. ^ Edits that do not apply to the "stable" criterion include reverting vandalism, proposals to split or merge content, good faith improvements to the page (such as copy editing), and changes based on reviewers' suggestions. Nominations for articles that are unstable because of disruptive editing may be failed or placed on hold. Stability is based on the article's current state, not any potential for instability in the future.
  3. ^ The presence of media is not a requirement. However, if media with acceptable copyright status is appropriate and readily available, then such media should be provided.