How to submit
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The primary aim of this journal is to provide a voice for students throughout the world by enabling them to publish their experiences, their work and their ideas. Further aims are:
- To link students together, worldwide.
- To link students with mentors, worldwide
- To help students with their career development.
- To give teachers and students ideas, to help them work with the curriculum more creatively.
- To give teachers the opportunity to learn about student projects in other schools and universities.
- To enable students and teachers to learn how the education system works in countries other than their own.
- To give students access to information about entrepreneurship, and the private sector, in science and engineering.
Content of each issue
- What’s happening in education worldwide?
- Hot topics – the latest discoveries and inventions
- Keynote article by an international scientist or engineer
- Articles by students about their projects and other issues
- Primary up to 11
- Senior school: 12 – 19
- Articles about current topics in evolution
- Field trip of the month
- Engagement event of the month
- Demo of the month – hands on demonstrations for students and teachers.
- Entrepreneurship and patent stories about, or by, students
- My life – the story of a career by an international scientist or engineer
- Science and the arts – fine art, music, literature, film and TV
- Letters and discussions
- Book reviews
- This months web site
- Puzzle page
- Work experience opportunities
- Equipment and materials swap shop – available for students and teachers to use
The key is writing about your experience. The article can be single author or multi-author, and about any scientific investigation you have conducted, read about, or experienced, either on your own, or as part of a group at school or university. The content can be research projects, outcomes of field trips, summaries of meetings or science festivals attended, work experience, visits to research labs or companies, ideas, and debate. The subject matter can be natural history, science, psychology, archaeology, medicine, maths or engineering, and entrepreneurship. The structure is flexible, but we recommend that it should be:
Full names of authors
Full addresses of the school or institution of all the authors
Age of each author
Subject area; i.e. biology, physics, chemistry etc
Author for correspondence
Email of all authors
Key words (up to six)
Abstract – a succinct summary of what you found out, how and its impact, in up to 250 words
Impact, on the subject area as a whole and on you
Bibliography; up to ten references (books, scientific papers) and useful web sites
An author form will also be needed. If any author is under the age of 18 then an email from a parent or guardian must accompany the submission with the words:
As a parent/guardian of [name of student] I give my permission for the article entitled [title] to be published by The Young Darwinian and agree to the conditions of the journal outlined in the journal guidelines, copyright, permissions and data protection documents available from the website.
The emails of the authors will not be in the final publication, unless specifically requested.
A welcome structure follows the DISI model (see the web site):
- Discovery – what have you found out, and why did you carry this out in the first place?
- Invention – what methodology and technology have you used to carry out the project, or has arisen from it?
- Scholarship – what analysis, or reading, have you carried out that adds to you project?
- Impact – what effect has your project had on you, and what impact could it have on science or engineering, medicine, the environment, the economy, or education?
- Concluding with a summary of your experience. For example, did it inspire you? Has it affected your career plans? Were there any major surprises?
- A short bibliography if you wish.
How to submit
Authors should first register with us using the file available on the web site. Then email us at email@example.com with a title and a 2-3 sentence summary of their intended article. If suitable, we will then require the article as a .docx file in Microsoft Word or as a simple text file. Tables and Figures, in colour, should be submitted separately as .jpg or .tif files. All authors must agree to the submission by email when requested. They must confirm that all the material submitted is their copyright. Permission must be obtained for material of which they are not copyright holders. The source of this material must be stated, including Wiki Commons. Articles must be written by the students themselves. This must be clearly stated in the submission, though help from teachers and/or mentors is encouraged, and should be acknowledged. Articles should be about 500 words, with no more that 2 Tables and Figures, though these are discretionary. The article should end with a bibliography with no more than 15 references, though this is also discretionary. Any financial or other support should be acknowledged, and any conflicts of interest declared.
Peer review process
Assuming the content is suitable for The Young Darwinian, the proposed article will then be sent to two reviewers for comment. The Chief Editor will then feedback comments to the author(s), and, following the response, the article would be accepted or rejected. The time between submission and a decision aims to be within 2-4 weeks. The material would then be on line in the journal as soon as possible. Reviewer’s constructive comments and ideas will be included with the published version.
COPYRIGHT, PERMISSIONS AND DATA PROTECTION
The copyright of the material in the articles will remain with the author(s). There will be a corresponding author, who will license The Young Darwinian to publish it. The corresponding author will sign a copyright assignment form to The Young Darwinian allowing this journal to publish their material world wide, with the right to use the material in any way it chooses, in any form, print or electronically, in any language, commercially or non-commercially, without a time limit. The material must be that of the authors, except where stated. No plagiarism will be permitted. Any infringement of copyright will be the responsibility of the author(s). The author(s) will receive a pdf of the final article, and will have the right to use the final article for any non-commercial use, for example in the own institution, and on their own, or their school’s or institution’s web site. The Young Darwinian undertakes to associate the author(s) names with the article, and respect the rights of the author(s). The Editors retain the right to make editorial changes to the article, such as spelling and small text changes. UK English will be used, so US spellings will be changed. If any changes are substantial then the authors will be consulted.
The author(s) will submit a form with the article that states that the work is their own. Collaborations are encouraged and should be acknowledged, as should any financial support or advice. Support from a teacher or mentor is also encouraged, and should be acknowledged. Any part of the article that is not the authors must be acknowledged, stating clearly the source, with evidence they have the right to use it in the article. Web sources such as Wikipedia must be listed as required by Wiki Commons. This includes pictures, illustrations, photos, tables, figures, and long quotations whose copyright is not held by the author(s). If any of the authors are under 18, then an email from a parent or guardian must accompany submission of the article agreeing to its publication and the conditions of the journal. Copyright infringements are the responsibility of the authors.
The articles will be available on line. It is also hoped to produce hard copy. Names of the authors, their ages, and the address of the School or Institution will appear with the article. But email addresses of the authors will be omitted unless specifically requested by the authors, with parent or guardian permission.
Please contact us if there are any queries.
Professor Anthony K Campbell
Editor in Chief
The Young Darwinian