How to make scientific works appeal to kids? Hire a child

Summary:If you have a young target audience, hiring a child to edit your work could be the way forward.

Editing may be a professional -- and often thankless -- job, but one journal is using its target audience to make scientific work more palatable for young minds.

Frontiers for Young Minds is a journal aimed at children in order to interest them in science, research, and how our world works. Scientific research is often dry and usually unpalatable to the average kid -- let alone adult -- and so editors are working hard to engage their readers.

However, the editors are all aged between five and 18. The 18 minors, together with 38 adult authors, are working together to inspire the next generation of scientists.

Frontiers for Young Minds has a number of child-friendly articles, including "Facebook, being cool, and your brain: what science tells us," "Brain-machine interfaces: your brain in action," and "Why sleep?." In order to protect the children's identities, only their first names and ages are used in a "Reviewed by" section.

The brainchild of UC Berkeley professor Robert Knight, the publication lets the young crew of editors  approve and review submissions, which need to be written "clearly, concisely and with enthusiasm!," according to the guidelines.

Speaking to Fast Company, graduate and project assistant Ryan Morrie said:

"As a child, I really loved science programs focused on children, such as Bill Nye. The articles are reviewed by children themselves, which was a particularly appealing part of writing for the journal, as it not only exposes children to the science, but also lets them see how science is regularly reviewed and published."

Via: Fast Company

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Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charli... Full Bio

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