By Grant Jacobs 22/10/2015 1


There are scientific journals by kids.

Research scientists publish their work in scientific journals, where they are reviewed by other scientists.

There’s one where articles are written by scientists, and reviewed by kids!

It’s called Frontiers for Young Minds.[1]

Not a bad way to hone your skills on writing for kids: send it in for reviewing by kids aged 8-15.

The journal has four sections:

Frontier-for-Young-Minds-sections

Their process starts with the editors selecting newly-published science and invited the authors of the research papers to write an article for kids and teens about their science.[2] The editors are scientists.

You can search their archive of articles by subject and keywords.

Earth-Science-JournalAnother journal oriented towards kids is the Earth Science Journal, the result of a crowd-funding campaign.

They use a variant of the approach Frontiers for Young Minds using, where their associate editors write a draft version of an research paper intended for a young audience, which they ask the scientist who wrote the research paper to review. A graphic designer creates the illustrations and their article is published on their website. Teaching resources are prepared by teachers, so that it might be shared in classrooms. There’s mailing list (bottom of page) you can subscribe too.

There are cases where kids have published in the established research journals, like 25 8-10 year-old English children who published their study of bees in Biology Letters.[3]

Footnotes

I’ve been aware of Frontiers for Young Minds for a long time and thought I might have written a brief post on them, but it seems I haven’t, so here it is.

The Twitter grapevine suggest there may be something along these lines being planned in New Zealand!

While I’m writing: check out NZ’s own Science for Kids, last updated in February 2015.

Science-for-Kids-smallish

Feel free to suggest other sites in the comments below.

1. I personally think a better name might have been in order – this one might appeal to parents, but seems a bit patronising?

2. Of course you can’t have everything: If I’m reading this correctly, one catch to this approach is that you can’t offer to write an article for them, nor approach them as a science writer or scientist-communicator.

3. Other examples include high school students and individual efforts by younger people published in research papers.


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