Young Scientists Journal is a unique science journal. Not only is our content written by young scientists (aged 12-20), but we’re also run by young scientists. In fact we are the world’s only peer review science journal exclusively written, edited and run by young scientists for young scientists. This is why we think we’re the perfect journal for you to publish your articles and research, and if you want to go one step further you can become an editor. We also have lots of opportunities in web development, design, marketing and outreach. This page gives you an overview of all the different ways you can contribute to Young Scientists Journal.
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Why write an article?
Writing an article allows you to be able to dig deeper into the wonderful world of science, engineering, technology and mathematics, which of course is its own reward! In addition, many of our authors have told us that to be able to show that they have published a scientific paper in a proper journal has been a real boost to their personal statement or CV/resumé and given them something impressive to talk about at a university/college interview.
Learning how to write for publication also helps you to prepare for life in higher education and beyond, since if you are hoping to do a scientific based degree you will have to write several scientific papers over your degree so learning how to do this well early will give you the edge.
Types of Article
The types of articles we publish in the Young Scientist Journal cover all STEM topics, ranging from Astronomy to Zoology. So, if you have done some original research or a recent project at school, a competition entry or even want an extra incentive to dig into a topic that interests you we would encourage you to publish it with Young Scientists Journal.
Original research is where you design, carry out, and write up an experiment or investigation, that hasn’t been done before. This type of research looks best when applying to university, and is very exciting as it’s literally brand new. There are no answers in the back of the book!
You could conduct an investigation or conduct an experiment into something that has been done, but you want to take it further or explore a different angle. We would love to hear from you if you have done an innovative project around electronics, technology, computing or engineering. You could also consider submitting a research you’ve done for a CREST Project or for an Extended Project, a great way to get the most out of work you’ve already done.
A review article is where you take a topic that you are really interested in, whether it’s the latest medical advancement or a history of dye making for example, and research it: online, in books and in journals and write your own paper on it, explaining the topic.
We are also keen to get shorter lighter articles, perhaps reflecting your opinion on something or giving a brief insight into a topic. These sorts of articles range from science news, humor, book reviews, an experience and so on. Sometimes these are published as blogs.
What will happen to your article?
Once you have written and submitted it online, our global editing team will be check it for spelling and grammar and other technicalities and validate its scientific and factual accuracy. If it is a subject that is beyond our capacity, it will be sent off to one of our editorial mentors for a second check. Once it has been checked and approved it will be published online, the very best get selected and collated into a printed in an issue twice a year.
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What does being an Editor involve? How does it work?
Much like any scientific journal, each article has to go through peer review editing, where the article goes through spelling, grammar and other technical checks as well as validating its scientific accuracy. As an Editor, you’ll be able to edit a variety of articles, we usually ask that you edit a minimum of two articles a month, though you might be editing an article in collaboration with another editor which cuts down the work! You’ll also be able to talk with the author clarifying parts of the article, whilst extending your knowledge in that particular field.
Why should I be an Editor?
If you’re thinking of a science related career, a career in journalism or just love science then you might want to become an editor. You’ll be able to join our team from all around the world who will support you through the editing process.
Becoming an editor will give you a boost on your resume particularly when applying to college or university, and makes for a great talking point in any job/university interview.
You will also be privileged to some amazing opportunities, you could build your role into a CREST award and might get to interview some scientists or science communicators, the opportunity to join us at various events. Of course you’ll also join our alumni network, giving you great contacts for life.
How do I become an Editor?
We are looking to have the best editors possible, with the potential to be the future leaders of the science industry, who can be committed and have genuine passion about science and related fields. To become an editor you must go through an application process, you can find out more about what’s involved here.
Designer? Artist? Web developer? Not a wordy person?
Young Scientists Journal is always in need of talented people like you too. If you have skills in web design & coding, graphic design, photography, animation, art, social media, marketing (or anything else) get in touch. By joining our global team at Young Scientists Journal not only will you be involved in the exciting world of science you will particularly from being able to build your portfolio in these fields which will give you a leg up when applying to college, university and more.
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