Mission statement

We seek to connect curious minds to the experts and information that will motivate them to ask informed and critical questions about real science throughout their lives. By working directly with scientists, we ensure that our content is of the highest quality. By working directly with kids, we help foster curiosity both in and out of the classroom and engage the next generation of citizens and scientists.

The success of Frontiers for Young Minds depends on the passion and participation of researchers at every career level.

Science Mentors

Young (or young at heart) researchers with experience in the peer review process introduce their Young Reviewers to the idea of a life in science, the basics of science publishing, and encourage them to provide the authors with an honest and constructive review.

The success of our journal depends on the active involvement of our Science Mentors -not only on the day of the review, but also in their planning to make sure that the kid or kids involved get the most out of the experience. While the kids are the primary sources of feedback for the manuscript itself, the Science Mentors play a key role in helping the kids to understand the scientific process, peer review, and how to approach an article with a critical eye for feedback. It is often an extremely rewarding experience both for the kid reviewers and for the Science Mentors themselves.

Frontiers for Young Minds is in the process of creating a detailed how-to guide for working with classrooms, planning for reviews, and handling the review process itself. Coming soon!

For people interested in serving as a Science Mentor for one of our existing specialties, please send an application to kids@frontiersin.org

Associate Editors

Experienced researchers in each specialty who build teams of Science Mentors, oversee the review process to make sure all of the Young Reviewer feedback is put into place, and keep an eye out for new discoveries that would be interesting or important for young readers.

We are in the process of updating the guidelines for our Associate Editors. Coming soon!

For people interested in serving as an Associate Editor for one of our existing specialties, please send an application to kids@frontiersin.org

Specialty Chief Editors

Each of our specialty sections is led by a field expert who is recognized for their research and passionate about communicating science to younger audiences. They build a team of Associate Editors, perform an initial check on all new submissions, and make sure that each manuscript ends up in the right hands on their board.

We are in the process of updating the guidelines for our Specialty Chief Editors. Coming soon!

If a Frontiers for Young Minds specialty does not currently exist for your field of expertise, and you would like to talk to us about recommendations for new focus areas or potential Specialty Chief Editors, please contact us at kids@frontiersin.org

Field Chief Editor

Dr. Robert Knight of UC Berkeley had the idea for a journal with an editorial board made up of kids, and worked with Frontiers since 2013 to make it a reality.

He oversaw the review of the first neuroscience articles, and has now stepped up to lead the journal, help guide our Specialty Chief Editors, and make connections that will help Frontiers for Young Minds reach even further.