Shrewsbury School

Salopians reviewing research for journal publication

Thursday 4 March 2021

Frontiers is a leading Open Access Publisher and Open Science Platform whose journals are led and peer-reviewed by editorial boards of over 100,000 researchers.

The Frontiers journals cover more than 900 academic disciplines and are one of the largest and most highly cited publishers in the world. Frontiers for Young Minds (FYM) is a scientific journal within the Frontiers collection that is written by scientists and reviewed by children and teenagers. Every Frontiers for Young Minds article has to pass the judgement of the Young Reviewers before it can go online!

Our pupils have been asked to peer review the latest new discovery article entitled “What solutions does nature offer for environmental problems”. Written by a team of scientists from the Leibniz Center for Agricultural Landscape Research and Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, this article explains how we can use and implement natural solutions to help solve some of the biggest environmental problems facing society today.

Our Young Reviewer team, made up of 4 pupils from 3rd to L6 form, have been preparing for this review by taking part in the Science “Go Further” programme, run by Dr Broadhouse and Mr Wray through the first half of the Lent Term in remote. During this 4-week programme they were introduced to the peer review process, why it is so important and how to critically review scientific papers, presenting their viewpoints to the group as they went. In doing so they have learnt about cutting edge discoveries from the maths behind human behaviour to the biochemistry of how fungi communicate, all the while honing their critical thinking and science communication skills.

This week they will be putting these skills to the test. Upon reading they will provide feedback and explain to the authors how to best improve the article before publication. Ensuring that the cutting-edge discoveries detailed in the article is in a language that is accessible and engaging for other for young readers. By working together with Dr Broadhouse, Mr Wray and the authors they will create an article that is both accurate and interesting. This article will soon be published online in FYM with our pupils named as the Young Reviewers.

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