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2011 February 27

Journals for high school researchers

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Got a high-school student doing publishable research and want to help them get published?  Anyone can submit to the academic journals, but it is often difficult for a high-schooler to break into them, as the barriers are pretty high for anyone outside mainstream acadème. Luckily, there are a few journals that offer more hope for high schoolers.

For anything dealing with history, The Concord Review seems like a good choice.  The claim that The Concord Review is the only quarterly journal in the world to publish the academic research papers of secondary students.” I think that this claim is a little too strongly worded, as other journals have published such papers.  Perhaps it is more correct to say that The Concord Review is the only journal devoted to the academic research papers of secondary students. I know one high school student who published there (actually, he was in 8th grade and taking community college classes, so he missed high school in both directions, but they published his paper).  And no, it was not a relative of mine.

An AP bio teacher on the ap-bio mailing list suggested the Journal for Young Investigators, which is an online journal for undergraduate science researchers that is refereed by undergraduates.  I know a high school student who has published there also with a project that he had done for science fair in his sophomore year (again, not a relative).

Another teacher suggested trying the Biotechnology Institute.  They have a contest for student research called the International BioGENEius Challenge, and they publish a magazine for students.  I suspect that they don’t have much student writing in the magazine, but I’ve not checked.  There are a number of contests for high-school science students, some with good prizes (like ISEF), but this is not quite the same thing as academic publication.

For younger kids, there are even fewer venues, though Stone Soup Magazine provides a nice outlet for creative work (poems, stories, and art) by 8- to 13-year-olds. Muse magazine for ages 10 and up has their Muserology column written by Muse readers, but the style of writing is more chatty than academic.

If anyone has other journal publication options for high schoolers, add them to the comments.



  1. Interesting: I didn’t know that high school students have the opportunity to publish their research. Our science department has an internship course where they do research with a biologist, veterinarian, scientist, etc., so this would be a natural extension: I think you just helped me score some points with our biology dept head :-)

    Do you know of any publications that publish mathematics research by high school students? I posted at Sam Shah’s blog about how we’re looking to start a “mathematics research society” next fall,

    and I’d be interested in knowing if a similar publication opportunity exists.

    Paul Hawking
    The Challenge of Teaching Math
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    Comment by Paul Hawking — 2011 February 27 @ 17:43 | Reply

    • Journal for Young Investigators accepts math papers, I believe, and many science fairs have categories for math (often lumped with computer science, though). has a list of many undergraduate journals, some of which are for math, and some of which may accept articles from high-school students.

      Comment by gasstationwithoutpumps — 2011 February 27 @ 18:03 | Reply

  2. Hi,

    Questioz ( is an international online journal of high school research, dedicated to the cause of promoting research and the spirit of intellectual, academic enquiry among high school students, globally. However, Questioz does not restrict itself to articles in a particular field. In keeping with our overarching mission to promote research itself, we publish excellent articles across all academic disciplines. While it is a nascent initiative, Questioz has already published several interesting articles by high school contributors from countries around the world – India, the US, China, Macedonia, Nicaragua, and the UK, for instance.

    Very soon, we will invite professors as mentors or guides to provide advice to researchers and potential contributors on their articles and fields of interest. In addition, we are also developing a mechanism for insightful discussion on our Forums and social media communities, which will allow for both reviewing and collaboration.

    Interested students may submit their work for consideration to be published in Questioz through the Google Form on www/

    Hope this helps.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Editors through the Questioz Facebook Page (, or shoot us an email, at

    We hope to read your work soon!

    Comment by Saumya Malhotra — 2016 March 6 @ 00:04 | Reply

  3. […] and half years ago, I published a blog post, Journals for high school researchers, which listed the tiny number of venues I knew of that were open to high-school […]

    Pingback by BioTreks—a specialized research journal for high-school students | Gas station without pumps — 2016 November 13 @ 18:09 | Reply

  4. Hey, I’ve just started an academic journal for high school students. The link is The Curieux Academic Journal was started very recently and is dedicated to publishing the academic work of high school students on any academic topic.


    Comment by curieuxjournal — 2016 November 22 @ 19:29 | Reply

  5. I suggest you can publish in open access platform with easy acceptance, as I recommend Open source multidisciplinary journal publishing platform ( “Journalsline”. Because you will not care about impact factor or indexed issues at this stage!

    Comment by barbara — 2017 May 22 @ 14:13 | Reply

    • There are many pay-to-publish journals that will accept anything, but there is not much benefit to submitting things to them, unless you are deliberately trying to fake a resume.

      Comment by gasstationwithoutpumps — 2017 May 22 @ 14:35 | Reply

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