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Led by you

Young Scientists Journal is written, edited and run exclusively by students aged 12-20. We have loads of opportunities from editing to design to web development. Applications are welcomed from students based anywhere in the world!

Applications Closed

If you are interested in joining our student team why not consider starting a hub for the next academic year. Individual Applications to join our 2017/18 Student Team are now closed.

Positions 2017/18

  • The Chief Editor oversees the four teams of the journal making them responsible for the entire student team. The Chief Editor works closely with the journal’s board and mentors to review performance and determine the journal’s strategy.

    Estimated workload: 3 hours per week

  • The Managing Editor oversees the entire editorial team including multimedia and blogs in addition to articles, they should do a final check before publishing an article.

    Estimated workload: 2-3 hours per week

    Executive Editors are responsible to assign articles in their subject area to an editor with a clear deadline of when the review must take place. They also do a basic data check of the article as soon as it comes in. They do a final check an article through once all revisions have been made.       

    Estimated workload: 2-3 hours per week

    The Blogs Manager oversees the publication and review of all blogs on, the blogs manager is supported by an assistant.

    Estimated workload: 2 hours per week

    Senior Subject Editors are responsible for editorial queries in their subject area and if they can’t answer a query they will ask the appropriate mentor. They will also check an article after it has been through the first author revision.

    Estimated workload: 2 hours per week

    Editors review the scientific and technical content of articles, as well as assessing the quality of the article communication. They make recommendations and corrections to the author prior to article publication.

    Estimated workload: 1-2 hours per week

  • The head of production oversees the delivery of content across print, web, mobile and events. Managing a team of artists, web-developers and media producers.

    Estimated workload: 2-3 hours per week

    Digital Director – the digital director is responsible for the management/upkeep of the website (including the submissions system) and other content outlets such as YouTube.

    Estimated workload: 2-3 hours per week

    Creative Director –  Responsible for the way Young Scientists Journal looks and feels. Coordinates the design of the twice yearly print issues, all print marketing materials and merchandise. Strong input into the design of our online presence and be a key leader in improving/maintaining the journal’s brand.

    Estimated workload: 2 hours per week

    Digital Content Manager – This role ensures that the content on the website is pushed through, updated and refreshed regularly, changing the homepage etc. They manage the training of editors involved in publishing articles.

    Web Developers/Artists – web developers and artists are vital members of the journal. Building websites, producing print issues and marketing materials.

    Systems Engineer – Maintaining the systems built to handle articles is vital to the journal. Must be competent with Javascript and/or PHP and server administration.

    Estimated workload: 1-2 hours per week

  •  Head of PR & Marketing – The Head of PR and Marketing is responsible for overseeing Marketing of the Journal on Social Media and by email, the brand direction and Communications. The Head of PR & Marketing works closely with external partners and the Outreach Team.

    Estimated workload: 2-3 hours per week

    Social Media Marketing Manager – The Digital Marketing Manager is a key member of the PR and Marketing Team who oversees the running of our social media channels and is the first point of contact for queries to the journal by email. The Digital Marketing Manager also advises on the journal’s overall Social Media and Communication strategy.

    Estimated workload: 2-3 hours per week

    Communications Manager – The Communications Manager is responsible for creating and sending marketing emails once per month and also for creating press releases for special events and announcements.

    Estimated workload: 1-2 hours per week

    Brand & Campaign Manager – This is an exciting new role for the journal which aims to maintain the brand identity and also look at user-targeting for campaigns. The Brand & Campaign Manager would therefore carefully plan campaigns for the journal, which would then be executed by Social Media or Communications members of the team.

    Estimated workload: 1-2 hours per week

    Social Media Editors –  Social media editors run the promotion of the journal across social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat and Twitter. Social media editors should have good writing skills and be media savvy.

    Estimated workload: 1 hour per week

  • Head of Outreach & Events – Responsible for organizing and unifying Outreach activities with Alumni relations, Partnerships, and Hubs to develop a cohesive Outreach strategy. This role entails communication and leadership within the Outreach & Events team.

    Estimated workload: 2-3 hours per week

    Hubs Manager – The Hubs Manager is responsible for acting as a liaison between the many international Hubs and the Journal. This role will have you interacting with teachers in many schools, students around the world and to many divisions within the journal to ensure cooperation between Journal activities and Hub activities.

    Estimated workload: 2-3 hours per week

    Events Manager – The Events Manager coordinates events run by the Journal including our annual conference. This role requires self-initiative, careful organization and planning and creativity to run the many events the Journal hosts.

    Estimated workload: 1-2 hours per week.

    PASS & Alumni Network Manager – This position assists in the management of the relationship between our partners, ambassadors, sponsors and supporters (PASS) as well as our alumni network.

    Estimated Workload: 1-2 hours per week

Are a group of you interested?

Hubs are local hotspots of the journal in secondary schools, universities, institutions and other organizations around the world. Teams of students come together to work on the journal, promoting the values of the organization and helping in all aspects of the journal.
Hubs are local hotspots of the journal in secondary schools, universities, institutions and other organizations around the world. Teams of students come together to work on the journal, promoting the values of the organization and helping in all aspects of the journal.


  • Becoming part of a science journal at a young age is a great way to enhance your CV when applying for Jobs, University, College etc. The journal will give you experience in team building, management, editing, networking and much more.

  • Young Scientists Journal as a global team of students around the world is an amazing opportunity for you to expand your network. Who knows what problems you might solve together? You’ll have plenty of fun making new friends along the way too. 

  • Working on YSJournal may give you the opportunity to earn a CREST award.

    The Young Scientists Journal has teamed up with the British Science Association to encourage YSJ contributors to work towards a CREST Award based on their work.

    What is CREST?

    CREST is Britain’s largest national award scheme for project work in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Established over 23 years ago, last year over 25,000 young people achieve a CREST Award.

    How does the Young Scientists Journal fit with CREST?

    There are two main ways that you can use your Young Scientists work towards a CREST award:

    1. CREST is all about independent project work. If you are doing your own research that you want to get published in the YSJ, then you could apply for a CREST award. Your written article for the YSJ could count as the communication element of your award. The level of award you apply for will depend on the depth of study, the number of hours you spend on the project and whether you work with a mentor. For more information on the awards and how to apply, click here
    2. YSJ has various project roles that can be undertaken each year. Some of them are long term roles, and some are shorter projects. You could use your project role as the basis for a science communication CREST. For more information on current projects, please contact the Chief Editor at [email protected]

    Why do CREST Awards?

    • It’s a way of having work accredited nationally – a CREST Award is a tangible, significant achievement.
    • It provides evidence of problem-solving skills, which is looked on favourably by universities and employers
    • It’s a great thing to mention in University applications
    • You could present projects at Regional Big Bang Fair, providing the opportunity to win numerous prizes!

    Other general guidance on possible project ideas can be found on the CREST webpages at We look forward to hearing about how your projects go.

    All of these posts could be developed and, if taken on for a certain period of time, could lead to a CREST award.

How to Apply

Applications are now OPEN for applications to be part of our 2017/18 Journal Team.

Applications CLOSE 8th May 2017.

Here’s the minimum you’ll require to apply:

  • Be aged between 12-20
  • Your contact details
  • A personal statement/covering letter, maximum 3000 characters. (only if you are new to the journal)
  • Passion for Science & Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes you can apply for more than one position. However, only submit one application. Candidates may be automatically considered for other roles within the same team or elsewhere in the journal. 

  • The journal does not require you to have previous experience of scientific publication/editing. However, any relevant experiences you have had will only benefit your application.

  • For very senior roles, such as Chief Editor, we will invite select candidates to be interviewed by phone or Skype. 

  • If you are already part of the student team we would ask that you indicate you wish to stay on using this form. You will still be on the team regardless but should re-affirm your commitment. You do not require a personal statement.

  • We are looking for passion for science and engineering combined with a hard working attitude. The journal requires dedication and a willingness to learn fast, and have some fun along the way too.

  • Applications for the team are now open and will close on May 8th 2017.

  • The personal statement is an opportunity for you to explain your motivations, experiences and generally give an insight to you as a person. It is similar to a personal statement used when applying to university or a covering letter when applying for a job. 

  • We do not require you to have a reference. However, if you are applying to a senior role a referee would be beneficial to allow us to gain an further insight to you and ensure you are a good fit for us. 

  • We would expect team members to join us for a full year, commencing in June 2017.