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30/01/2024 | Our Blue Planet: Connecting Humans and the Ocean: this is the title of an article recently published by a team from the ZMT in a very unusual research journal. The journal is aimed at young readers between the ages of 8 and 15 and the articles are reviewed by the children themselves - under the guidance of scientific mentors.

Michael Kriegl, scientist at the ZMT and his colleagues dedicated their article to the presentation of a complex topic: social-ecological network analysis and qualitative system modelling. The texts aim to present an entertaining and engaging introduction to a research topic in a language that is accessible to children. The articles may have been created specifically for the journal or they may be an adapted version of an article recently published in a peer-reviewed journal.

The journal "Frontiers for Young Minds" is open access and does not charge for publication.

To the article by the ZMT team

About "Frontiers for Young Minds"

We seek to connect curious minds to the experts and information that will motivate them to ask informed and critical questions about real science throughout their lives. By working directly with scientists, we ensure that our content is of the highest quality. By working directly with kids, we help foster curiosity both in and out of the classroom and engage the next generation of citizens and scientists.

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 kids themselves – with the help of a science mentor – to provide feedback and explain to the authors how to best improve the articles before publication.

This unique process produces a collection of freely available scientific articles by leading scientists, shaped for younger audiences by the input of their own young peers. Even before the publication of our first 50 articles, the quality of Frontiers for Young Minds was recognized as one of the American Library Association’s 2014 Great Websites for Kids.