Engaging Young Scholars in Science Through Publication: A Survey Analysis of Published Middle and High School Authors

Young researchers are often excluded from the scholarly processes of peer-review and publication, which are cornerstones of scholarly work. The Journal of Emerging Investigators is an open access journal dedicated to publishing the research of middle and high school students. We surveyed student authors before and after they participated in the peer-review and publication process of their scientific articles. Following peer-review and publication, students report gains in their confidence and self-efficacy in science, and increased feelings of identity and belonging in science. Our findings demonstrate that even the youngest scholars are capable of participating in the publication process, and our data suggest that participation in the process has positive outcomes.

Mattison, K. A., Merchak, A. R., Wieman, S. T., Zimmer, S., & Fankhauser, S. C. (2022). Engaging young scholars in science through publication: A survey analysis of published middle and high school authors. Learned Publishing, 35, 321-331. https://doi-org.proxy.library.emory.edu/10.1002/leap.1480