Science edited for kids, by kids.

A mission to engage the next wave of scientists.

Frontiers in Neuroscience for Young Minds is a scientific journal that includes young people (from 8 to 15) in the review of articles. This has the double benefit of bringing kids into the world of scientific research – many of them for the first time – and offering active scientists a platform for reaching out to the broadest of all publics.

Jacobs Foundation

Frontiers for Young Minds is supported by the Jacobs Foundation, one of the world’s leading charitable foundations dedicated to facilitating innovations for children and youth.

All articles in Frontiers for Young Minds will be reviewed and approved for publication by young people themselves. Established neuroscientists will mentor these young Review Editors and help them review the manuscript and focus their queries to authors. To avoid overburdening the young Review Editors, revised manuscripts will in turn be reviewed by one of the stellar Associate Editors of Frontiers for Young Minds.

Areas in Development now include:

  • The Brain and Friends (social neuroscience)
  • The Brain and Fun (emotion)
  • The Brain and Magic (perception, sensation)
  • The Brain and Allowances (neuroeconomics)
  • The Brain and School (attention, decision making)
  • The Brain and Sports (motor control, action)
  • The Brain and Life (memory)
  • The Brain and Talking/Texting (language)
  • The Brain and Growing (neurodevelopment)
  • The Brain and Math (neural organization of math, computational neuroscience)
  • The Brain and Health (neurology, psychiatry)
  • The Brain and Robots (brain machine interface)
  • The Brain and Music (music!)
  • The Brain and Light (optogenetics)
  • The Brain and Gaming (Fun, Action, Learning)
  • The Brain and Reading
  • The Brain and Pain
  • The Brain and Tools (basis of brain measurements)
  • The Brain and History (the story of brain research)
  • The Brain and Drugs (drugs)
  • The Brain and Sleep

How does it work?

  1. New research or review articles are reported on a subject area that fits into one of the categories mentioned above. This can be work published by Frontiers or any other publisher;
  2. The scientists write up their research for submission to the Journal, following our editorial guidelines as outlined below;
  3. The report is handled by one of our prestigious associate editors, who will manage the process of peer review;
  4. Your article is reviewed by a young mind, mentored by a scientist with experience in peer review.
  5. The young mind and mentor will require that the authors write clearly, concisely and with enthusiasm!
  6. The articles are then validated by the Associate Editor, revised and forwarded to the Frontiers office for production;
  7. The text is typeset and published on
  8. The identities of the reviewers (first name only for the young mind) and author are published with the article.

How can you get involved? Contact:

young mind reviewer

If you are interested in becoming a Frontiers Young Minds Reviewer, please contact our editorial office with a short biography and a letter. Is there someone among your family or friends who is a scientist and who can act as mentor for the project?

If you would like information about becoming a Young Minds mentor, please send your contact information to our editorial office and we can explore these opportunities together.

If you are an author, please keep in mind that manuscript submission will be open through the site in May 2014. The submission process will allow you to select the subject area that matches your contribution. The process will require an abstract (with a reference to the original research article). The article itself should have about two figures, no more than five references, and should be about two to three pages in length.

If you are a teacher, keep an eye on this website: an e-book of the first round of articles for use in the classroom will soon be available.


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

The production and publication of the articles is overseen by Dr. Frederick Fenter, Executive Editor at Frontiers publishing. The graphical design is by Victor Pantet, the website has been built and maintained by Telmo Moura, and several of the avatars for the kids have been painted by Marjaneh Moini.

For all questions and comments, please contact Fred Fenter at: