YSJ

YSJournal over 10 Years

Conception

January 1, 2006

Conception

Young Scientists Journal (YSJ) was the brainchild of Prof Ghazwan Butrous (GB) and Miss Christina Astin (CA) who met through the King’s School Canterbury (KSC) – GB as a parent and CA as head of science in 2006. The co-founders had two principal aims – to develop young peoples’ communication skills in science and to…

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First Issue Published

January 10, 2007

First Issue Published

By early 2007 the first issue was published at www.youngscientists.co.uk, using Microsoft Publishing as the online platform and starting with articles written by KSC students, including essays written for a “What if” science essay prize at the school.  All the editing and organizing as well as the writing was done by students.

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Website moves to Drupal

March 10, 2008

The website moved to a DreamWeaver platform and later to Drupal, allowing contributors to upload their articles directly.  Student editors communicated via email and Facebook.

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Intel ISEF Recruitment

May 15, 2008

Following his work as a judge at Intel ISEF science fair in 2008, GB recruited Tobias Norbo and Christoffer Norn as Senior Editors; together with Malcolm Morgan.

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New Audiences

September 10, 2008

New Audiences

Within a year, students from other schools had found YSJ online and begun contributing articles, emailing their contributions. Student editors communicated via email and Facebook.

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New Look Issue 8

December 15, 2010

New Look Issue 8

A new-look issue 8 of the journal was rapidly published and momentum was gathered, with new authors and editors coming on-stream from around the world, many of them ex-ISEF finalists.

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Publishing by Medknow

July 1, 2011

Publishing by Medknow

The journal was published, hosted and printed by Medknow, a medical publishing company in Mumbai, India.  The address was changed to www.ysjournal.com.

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Team Structuring and 2 Issues Per Year

June 5, 2013

Team Structuring and 2 Issues Per Year

A gradual re-structuring took place, with an Editorial Team Leader looking after the publishing of articles, and a Chief Editor responsible for the wider features of the journal, including publicity.  GB and CA invited supporters to join an International Advisory Board to advise and offer expert reviewing when needed. This was followed by a period of…

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Move to Annotum

February 20, 2014

Move to Annotum

In the 6 months leading to March 2014, work began designing a new website which was based on WordPress Annotum template with uploading, referencing and revisioning facilities.  At the same time, the journal’s hosting was moved away from Medknow, hard copies of the journal were published by Rigley Press in Canterbury.

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First Conference

March 26, 2014

First Conference

Issue 15 was launched on the day of the journal’s first conference, on the theme of Science and Communication on 26 March 2014, with Sir Harry Kroto as keynote speaker.

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Refreshed Look

August 5, 2014

Refreshed Look

Refreshed branding was designed by student Michael Hofmann and the journal’s social media presence was boosted. Issue design and marketing materials were also overhauled and printing moved to the Magazine Printing Company.

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Growing Partnerships & Ambassadors

September 5, 2014

Growing Partnerships & Ambassadors

In September 2014, CA’s change from full-time teaching allowed her to travel to schools and conferences to talk about the journal and how schools could get involved.  New partnerships were forged and local YSJ hotspots called hubs began to be set up in schools and universities, starting with Bolton School. The International Advisory Board members…

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Royal Society Special Issue

July 15, 2015

Royal Society Special Issue

In 2014 an issue jointly produced with the Royal Society showcased projects undertaken by schools in receipt of the Royal Society’s Partnership Grants.

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First Round of Major Funding

September 10, 2015

First Round of Major Funding

In September 2015 the journal was awarded a substantial grant from the Royal Commission for the 1851 Exhibition, to enable its work to continue to expand whilst keeping journal copies and conference fees free to users.

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2nd Conference

October 14, 2015

2nd Conference

A second conference took place in October 2015, with Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff as keynote speaker and 10 other workshops taking place with over 250 delegates.

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Runner-Up ABSW Awards

June 1, 2016

Claire Nicholson’s time as Chief Editor was energetic and brought YSJ to a younger audience, with science communication her particular passion.  Under her leadership the journal was awarded runner-up prize in the Association of British Science Writer Awards for best student science journal in summer 2016.

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Cementing the Structure

July 4, 2016

Cementing the Structure

Michael Hofmann took over as Chief Editor in summer 2016, further refining the structure of the student team into 4 groups and the lines of responsibility and reporting, cemented by a dynamic meeting of the student team at the science museum in September 2016, sponsored by Shell.

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3rd Conference

October 12, 2016

3rd Conference

In October 2016 the third conference was hosted at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, with a wealth of first-rate science speakers as well as some excellent student presentations.

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New Editorial Process & Website

April 1, 2017

New Editorial Process & Website

A new inhouse article submissions system based on Google Drive and a heavily revised editorial review process was developed. This greatly improved the ease at which articles could be submitted and edited. In tandem a new, more mobile friendly, website was developed – under the leadership of Head of Production, Stewart McGown – using WordPress…

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Driving the Conversation – Journal represents UK abroad

June 25, 2017

Driving the Conversation – Journal represents UK abroad

The journal is heavily involved in the conversation around STEM education and the importance of giving students the opportunity to do authentic research whilst still at school, a debate which was gaining prominence.  More partnerships were forged whereby YSJ was the end-product of research projects or competitions. In December 2016 CA was chosen to represent…

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