Join Us

Under 20? Excited by science? Want to be part of an international team of like-minded young scientists? 

Read on for a description of roles in our team, or just hop on board:


Senior Team

The Senior Team oversees the running of the journal. These roles involve a time commitment of several hours a week, strong leadership skills, and regular communications with each other, and team members.

Chief Editor

The Chief Editor is captain of the metaphorical Young Scientists Journal ship and looks after the day-to-day running of the team. The Chief Editor handles both internal and external affairs of the journal meaning good organisational, communication and decision-making skills are essential.

Head of Production

The Head of Production oversees all tangible parts of the journal, from the website to our internal systems to our print editions. The Head of Production should have a keen eye for design as well as an understanding of website design as well as back-end programming.

Head of Editorial

The Head of Editorial oversees the day-to-day management of the Editorial Team. A good grasp of the English language is necessary and experience with academic writing is highly desirable.

Editorial Team

The Editorial Team takes in submissions and reviews them such that they are suitable for publication. These roles involve a base-level time commitment of two to three hours a week.

Subject Editor

Editors review articles in their chosen subject area.  Editors should be well-versed in their subject area, be able to take a critical and analytical approach and have a very good command of the English language.  They should be prepared to research and ask questions relating to subject content and methodology.

Senior Editor

Senior Editors manage a small group of editors. They act as the first point of contact if any member of their team has a quibble, be it scientific or grammatical. Thus they require all that is required of an Editor but also need to commit more time to their role and show a good degree of leadership.

Executive Editor

There are only three Executive Editors: they are in charge of all the editors working within the broad headings of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Ethics. They are whom the Senior Editors go to with questions or for advice, and they have final say on the publication of articles.

Production Team

The Production Team keeps the journal running maintaining the website, internal tools and producing print material for the journal. These roles involve more of a fluctuating time commitment, due to the nature of the bi-annual print publication, and the increased website work involved in busy periods, but generally of one to two hours a week.


Artists make art. We need original artistic content to accompany published articles.

Print Designer

Print Designers make the print version of the journal. We use InDesign and the Adobe suite.

WordPress Admins

WordPress Admins make the website and keep the pages up to date.

Internal Tool Developer

Internal Tool Developers make the tools that editors and journal people use for their work. A working knowledge of Javascript is helpful; they collaborate to develop new and exciting technical tools that make the lives of everyone else at the journal all that much easier.

Content Manager

Content Managers curate the content on the website. They pick the featured articles and make sure everything is up to date.

Article Manifester

Article Manifesters add new articles to the website as and when they are published. How the articles read and are presented is up to them.

Outreach Team

The Outreach Team helps the journal to grow by finding new talent for the team and new partnership opportunities. They’re also in charge of running journal conferences and events. These roles involve more of a fluctuating time commitment: the run up to our annual conference in October is a particularly busy time, and the commitment at other times of the year depends largely on events in your local area.

Regional Ambassador

Regional Ambassadors help to promote the journal across their regions.  Public speaking experience, a passion for STEM communication and prior involvement in STEM activities is desirable.

Subject Ambassador

Subject Ambassadors help to promote the journal in their subject area of interest by encouraging others to submit articles to the journal, as well as writing articles on their subject area of interest.  A passion for STEM communication and good communications skills are desirable.

Lead Ambassador

Lead Ambassadors lead a small group of either subject or regional ambassadors.  An ability to work well with people and communicate effectively are both therefore desirable.

Conference Organiser

Conference Organisers help to organise the journal’s conferences and events.

Hub Secretary

Hub Secretaries are student members of YSJ Hubs who keep a record of Hub meetings and activities.  They are responsible for communicating this to the wider YSJ team after each Hub meeting.

Hub Reporter

Hub Reporters are student members of YSJ Hubs who work collaboratively with other Hub Reporters and blog about the Hub’s activities.  A Hub is usually run as a weekly activity or club, where interested or selected students attend and work on the journal: editing, publishing or promoting and expanding the journal’s reach. 

PR and Marketing Team

The PR and Marketing Team controls the journal’s social media accounts and is in charge of all promotional material for the journal. These roles involve a base-level time commitment of one to two hours a week.

Social Media Team

The Social Media Team oversees the journal’s social media campaigns, making sure that fresh and exciting content is available on the journal’s social feeds every day.

Internal Marketing Team

The Internal Marketing Team is in charge of newsletters and nurturing the journal’s existing team.

External Marketing Team

The External Marketing Team is in charge of getting the journal out to as many people as possible, keeping our audience keen. They work closely with the Social Media and Outreach Teams.


Schools can become YSJ hubs – localised centres for the journal’s activities. Any interested schools should e-mail our Mentor, Laura Mawby, to find out more:

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Adult Advisers

Want to help out and contribute, but find yourself outside the age range of 12-20? You can still help out as an adviser. Consider the positions below, and e-mail our Mentor, Laura Mawby, to find out more:

[email protected]
Hub Leader
Hub Leaders are teachers who want to encourage young scientists at their school or in their area. A hub is usually run as a weekly activity or club, where interested or selected students attend and work on the journal: editing, publishing or promoting and expanding the journal’s reach. A hub can also provide a place for original research to take place, so students can publish while still at school. The hub leader facilitates and guides their hub.
Academic Adviser
Similar to being a peer-reviewer for journals, Academic Advisors are professional scientists, academics or specialist STEM teachers who advise our editorial team on subject detail that may come their way whilst editing an article. The time commitment is minimal: just to respond on Slack, our online communications system, when there is a query relating to your area of expertise, and a willingness to look over an article and advise the student editor on the validity of the science. 
Partnership Organisation
If you are a company, institution or individual who is passionate about science communication, original research in schools and by young people, or wanting to become more involved in encouraging young people to pursue a passion for science, why not become a YSJ partner? We feature our partners and sponsors at our annual conferences and in our bi-annual print publication.

How to Apply

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, fill out our form: