Sharing your research with kids and teens – Frontiers for young minds

31 May 2019 - By: Emma Clayton

Sharing your research with kids and teens – Frontiers for young minds

Frontiers


By Emma Clayton, Journal Manager

Are you ready to face the feedback of a team of 8–15-year-olds acting as your reviewers? Frontiers for Young Minds wants you to remember what it was like when you first discovered and felt passionate about your research— and consider writing about your current research for the next generation of scientists!

Frontiers for Young Minds is a free, open-access scientific journal with articles written by scientists with an editorial twist — children and teens aged between 8 and 15 years act as the peer reviewers. Researchers can submit up-to-1500-word adaptation of their work and it is then up to the children and teens, with the help of a science mentor, to review the article and provide feedback for the authors. Only once all concerns raised by the young reviewers have been addressed will the article be validated for publication. As a result, Frontiers for Young Minds provides a collection of freely available scientific articles by distinguished scientists that have been shaped for younger audiences by the input of their own young peers. Educators all around the world are also free to create activities with their children and teens based on the articles published.

In every review our Young Minds are introduced to the world of a scientist, get to know the benefits of collaborative peer review, and are encouraged to act as the experts that they are, asking critical questions on the latest scientific discoveries. Few 8-15-year-olds have the opportunity to interact with scientists, and even fewer are ever asked to provide feedback on the work of a recognised expert. The Frontiers for Young Minds platform enables students to find out first-hand what it is to be a scientist, and how to work as part of a collaborative process towards a common goal.

We currently cover six specialty fields — Neuroscience, Biodiversity, Earth and its Resources, Astronomy, Health, and Mathematics — and we are looking for like-minded individuals interested in submitting their work for review or joining our editorial board. Articles are free to publish and free to read. You can find examples of articles1 and information about writing an article of your own2 on our website.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

If you are interested in sharing your work with young readers, please contact us at kids@frontiersin.org. We would be more than happy to discuss any ideas that you might have about research that would be interesting or important to the next generation of young minds. Or you can simply submit3 an adaption of your work directly to the journal for consideration.

Category: Science Communication
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Emma Clayton

Emma Clayton is the Journal Manager for Frontiers for Young Minds

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