Science edited for kids, by kids.

A mission to engage the next wave of scientists.

Frontiers for Young Minds is an open access scientific journal written for – and reviewed by – young people. We connect 8-15 year olds directly with scientists to provide critical feedback on articles about cutting-edge research. The end result is a journal of freely available scientific articles that are not only rigorous, but also shaped for younger audiences by the input of their own peers.

How does it work?

  1. Our Editorial board identifies recent discoveries that are of potential interest to a younger audience. These can be articles published by Frontiers or other publishers.
  2. The scientists behind the original research write an article that puts the work in a broader context and is targeted to a younger audience. This new article is then submitted to Frontiers for Young Minds - free of charge.
  3. A Frontiers Associate Editor then manages the peer review process and matches the article with one of our Science Mentors and one of our Young Minds who review the article together to suggest relevant updates.
  4. Once the review process is completed, the article is then validated by the Associate Editor and forwarded to the Frontiers’ office for production where it is typeset for online and printable versions
  5. The finished article is published and made freely available on our website alongside the reviewers’ names.

We guarantee the protection of the identities of our young reviewers and only publish their first names.

Subject Areas

Working with enthusiastic researchers we publish articles in the following areas:

  • Understanding Neuroscience
  • Understanding the Earth and its Resources
  • Understanding Astronomy and Space Science
  • Understanding Health

Article Types

Frontiers for Young Minds has been designed to provide two distinct types of resources to general audiences: focused highlights of new scientific findings and broader summaries to provide context and foundational knowledge about a given field.

  • New Discovery articles take a recent finding, technology, or discovery and explain the content and importance of the discovery in language that can be understood by younger audiences. These articles are based on an academic article that has been peer-reviewed and published (or accepted) in an academic journal and written by researchers involved in the original publication.
  • Core Concept articles explain fundamental ideas from a given field and synthesize them in language that can be understood by younger audiences. The article should be primarily self-contained, explaining major terms within the text and clearly identifying areas where people could be interested to find out more.

We will continue to include more fields, and are open to working with funders and sponsors on new and exciting areas.

Acknowledgments

The team for Frontiers for Young Minds is led by its Editor-in-Chief, Professor Robert Knight (University of California at Berkeley), Project Manager Dr. Amanda Baker, 50 Associate Editors and over 80 Young Mind Reviewers.

Illustrations by Victor Pantet and Marjaneh Moini.

For all questions and comments, please contact Amanda Baker at: kids@frontiersin.org.