Scientific Articles Written by Scientists in Partnership with Young Readers

Frontiers for Young Minds publishes articles that either describe new research on the cutting edge (New Discovery) or explain a key idea that is fundamental for understanding a scientific field (Core Concept). Articles cross all subject areas in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine).

Frontiers for Young Minds believes that the best way to make cutting-edge science discoveries available to younger audiences is to enable young people and scientists to work together to create articles that are both top quality and exciting. Distinguished scientists are invited to write about their discoveries in a language that is accessible for young readers, and it is then up to the youth themselves—with the help of Science Mentors—to explain to the authors how best to improve the articles before publication.

Children and teens between the ages of 8 and 15 work with their classmates or friends to provide feedback to the authors about how to make the best possible articles for readers their own age. Researchers with experience in science outreach guide the young readers through the peer review process. These Science Mentors introduce their Young Reviewers to the idea of a life in science, explain the basics of science publishing, and encourage them to provide the authors with an honest and constructive review.

Associate Editors, who are also experienced researchers, build the teams of Science Mentors, oversee the review process to make sure all of the Young Reviewer feedback is incorporated, and keep an eye out for new discoveries that would be interesting or important for young readers.

This unique process produces a collection of freely available scientific articles by leading scientists, shaped for younger audiences by the input of their own peers. Educators from all around the world can create activities with their students based on the articles published.

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