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The Fair Journal: Science Cartoons for Kids (and Adults)

We bring science to the masses while fairly compensating researchers

The Fair Journal: Science Cartoons for Kids (and Adults)

We bring science to the masses while fairly compensating researchers

SEK 25,687
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40
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, October 20 2019 4:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 20, 2019

About

What is the Fair Journal?

The Fair Journal is an online publishing platform for scientific articles. What makes the Fair Journal special is a focus on spreading science to kids and non-scholarly educated adults, as well as paying scientists what is fair.

We publish 3 versions of an article: one for scientists, one for adults, and a cartoon version for kids. The cartoon version is a short animation similar to the ones you have watched in the video above. It will explain the essence of the research to kids, with a focus on storytelling and making it fun. The one for adults have more details and explanations, and it is written in a language that non-scholarly educated people can understand. Here you can read some examples corresponding to the cartoons from the video:

 Superconductivity in Graphene 

 Seeking out cancer with CancerSEEK 

 Improving computer vision with DeepLab 


Why do we need the Fair Journal?

In today’s society there are a lot of sources where you can get your information such as TV, newspapers, and online resources. However, it is becoming more and more difficult to know which sources to trust and which ones are telling biased, moderated, partly, or false version of the truth. Well-validated scientific research has been around for ages but has always been considered to mainly be for scholars. 

By ‘translating’ science to non-scholars they have the possibility to become more knowledgeable, and may become better at disregarding fake news and instead only look at the facts. 

By making a version for kids, they may grow up being smarter, more critically thinking, have better ideas to solve the problems of the future, and be more innovative than previous generations.   


How the scientific publishing system currently works

As it is today, scientific publishers do not pay scientists for their work. In contrast many actually charge the scientists to publish their work (often ~1500-3000$, examples from PLOS here). Additionally if scientists want their article to be open access (meaning that people do not have to pay to read the article) they have to pay a sky-high fee (often ~2000-5000$, see examples from Nature here). Here is a schematic overview of the current situation:

The current publication system

In order to get research funding it has become an (unwritten) rule that the scientist must publish high impact factor papers (i.e. publish in very few specific journals). Therefore, the future of individual scientists is in the hand of a very small group of people known as science editors. Given that the main way to stay in science is through publishing in these journals, the editors are swamped with submissions, and have very little time to read a manuscript. So often the scientists get an unfair treatment. Due to the dependency on these journals, the publishers can charge whatever fee they like for publishing the scientists’ work.

In order to satisfy and impress the journal editors, scientific articles are written in a very sophisticated manner with lots of abbreviations and jargon from specific fields. Therefore, science articles have become impossible to understand for non-scholarly educated people, and are even very difficult to understand for scientists from another field. 


But how is it possible to pay scientists for their work when no other publisher does?

The payment system of the Fair Journal is based on a similar system as what is used on Youtube. There will be commercials on the site, and every time someone views an article, the companies pay a small amount. This means that the more readers an article has, the more money the researchers will be paid. Here is a schematic overview of how the Fair Journal's publication system works:

The Fair Journal's publication system

We will pay 55% of the ad revenue to the authors directly for a full research manuscript (the same as Youtube), and 25% for a layman summary. The rest of the revenue will be used to pay salaries, servers, expansion, and reviewers. The Fair Journal’s payout will last the lifetime of an article. This means that at the end of a career scientists may have hundreds of articles published, which all provides money for research.

By using this strategy, it is our hope that some researchers may become completely independent of grants and impact factors in the future.


Kickstarter rewards

If you decide to support us today on Kickstarter we have designed a selection of T-shirts and pins that we will send to you as a thank you. We also made it possible for you to choose by yourself which scientific article you would like to see featured on the Fair Journal. You can see all our reward tiers here:  


How many cartoons can you make from my support?

At the moment our production costs for one cartoon is around 3000SEK. Taking T-shirt/pin production costs into account it would approximately mean:

10X T-shirts = 1 cartoon

30X pins = 1 cartoon 

And of course: 1X cartoon = 1 cartoon


My kids do not understand English!

It is true that all our cartoons are in English at the moment. But one of our future plans is to translate them into other languages as well. For now, hopefully your kids will just enjoy the visual part of the cartoons, and perhaps watching the cartoons would also help them to learn a bit of english.


The benefits of the Fair Journal compared to other publishers

  • Spreading science to kids and non-scholarly educated adults 
  • Scientists will earn money from their scientific articles
  • Complete and free open-access, meaning that you never have to pay anything to read the articles.
  • No publication fees
  • Royalties can be used as the researcher sees fit (we suggest using them for exploratory research)

The disadvantages of the Fair Journal compared to other publishers

  • We are not a well-known publisher in 2019, and scientists may still prefer more well-known journals.
  • There will be ads on the homepage (but other publishers like Nature, Science, and Cell also have ads on their sites – they just do not share the revenue with the scientists)

The creator of the Fair Journal

The idea for the Fair Journal was conceived by Jonas Nørskov Søndergaard in 2018. Jonas is a full time scientist and is currently employed as a Senior Research Specialist at Science for Life Laboratory in Stockholm, Sweden. Jonas is educated as a biotech engineer and has a Ph.D. degree in immune regulation. Previously Jonas has performed research in Denmark (DTU), the Netherlands (RIMLS), and the USA (UIUC and UCLA). You can find Jonas’s publication history here (Warning! These articles are written for scientists, but feel free to try and understand them anyways). 

Jonas Nørskov Søndergaard, 2018

Photos of first T-shirt print production

T-shirt size chart

Pin size chart 

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For more information about the Fair Journal: https://thefairjournal.com
There is also an additional cartoon there about coral bleaching and global warming (If Youtube is blocked in your country, please visit https://thefairjournal.com/cn instead.)

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Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for the Fair Journal is to get scientists to trust the journal and start submitting their articles. However, since we are aiming at both 1) getting scientists paid fairly, and 2) sharing the scientific knowledge with adults and kids, we would still be able to publish cartoons and easy-to-understand summaries of articles published elsewhere. The only problem with this is that we would not be able to re-publish figures from the original articles, as they would belong to the journal that originally published the work. But to circumvent this, we can still ask the authors for an alternative version of a figure, or make a new one to illustrate the findings.

As for the Kickstarter rewards, the T-shirt designs will be printed by spreadshirt.se who has their production facility in Germany. They were founded in 2002 and have many years of experience producing large quantities of custom made T-shirts. We have already had a test set of T-shirts made, and they looked great! Have a look for yourself above.

The pins are produced by the Swedish company Easytryck.se, who has their own production facility in Shanghai. Due to a relatively long delivery time (20 working days), we have already ordered a batch of both pin designs (250 of each). We think the pins look great, but have a look for yourself above.

All rewards will be shipped from Sweden with the main Swedish postal service company Postnord. Expected delivery time to the US: 4-6 working days, UK: 2-3 working days, Australia: 6-7 working days. We did a test shipping of a T-shirt to the US, and it only took 5 working days (from Saturday-Friday). Of course there may still be some delays in individual shipments, but with already fairly short shipping times it should not be a major challenge to fulfil the rewards in due time.

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    As a thank you, your name will be featured at the bottom of the article: “This article was kickstarted by [your name here]”. (it is of course optional whether you want your name there or not)

    If you would like it, we will also send you an electronic copy of the script and storyboard for the cartoon.

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    This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get your favourite article featured on the Fair Journal. It could either be an article that you really like, or one that you have had a hard time trying to understand. If you are a scientist, it could even be your own previously published work. We will make a cartoon and write an easy-to-understand summary of the article you choose.

    As a thank you, your name will be featured at the bottom of the article: “This article was kickstarted by [your name here]”. (it is of course optional whether you want your name there or not)

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