How to submit

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How to submit 2017_2

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:

 Content of each issue


Your article

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):


How to submit

Authors should first register with us using the file available on the web site. Then email us at 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

Articles, and other content, should be submitted on-line to the Chief Editor via the web site.; email:

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.




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.


Data protection

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

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