The Fair Journal is run by active scientists passionate about spreading recent scientific findings in an understandable and truthful manner to kids and non-scholarly educated adults. Our specialty is making cartoons explaining the essence of research articles to kids, with a focus on storytelling and making it fun. Additionally, we publish a written summary that has more details and explanations and is written in a language that non-scholarly educated people can understand. We also pay scientists what is fair, and offer 55% of the commercial revenue to the scientists when they submit a layman summary of their article. 

  • Read about how the scientists can make money from their layman summaries here.
  • Read about why it is important to publish additional versions of the articles here.
  • Read about how we make the cartoons at the Fair Journal here.

Aims & scope

The Fair Journal is multidisciplinary, and we accept layman summaries in all fields of science including engineering, social sciences, and health sciences. If your topic is not already listed on the Fair Journal, please contact us here. We are happy to start additional topics upon request.

The benefits of publishing with the Fair Journal

  • Earn money from your layman summaries
  • Complete and free open-access
  • No publication fees
  • Royalties can be used as the researcher sees fit (we suggest using them for exploratory research)
  • Spreading science to non-scholarly educated adults and kids

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The submission must be done by one or more of the authors from the original paper
  2. The original paper must be published within one year of the layman submission
  3. The original paper must be peer reviewed
  4. Submissions must be done via a university email address. If you do not have one, please contact us first to verify your identity.

Instructions for Authors

Peer review

The submitted layman summary will undergo peer review by one of the Fair Journal’s editors. The science should already have been pre-peer reviewed at the original submission, and therefore the Fair Journal’s peer review will focus on the following:

  • Readability: Is your layman summary written in an easy to understand language? 
  • Understandability: Would a layman person be able to understand what you have written?
  • Completeness: Is sufficient information provided to understand the background, the findings, and the consequences of the study?

The payment system

Your layman summary will get a unique web page address, which will be tracked for number of visitors, and how much the page earns. 55% of the ad revenue will be transferred to your PayPal or bank account when minimum 20$ has been earned. Right now, we do not have a user-accessible tracking system for your earnings, but we are planning to implement this during 2020. The cartoon produced by the Fair Journal will also count into your earnings, except from when they are directly featured on the front page. For more details, please go here.


Dr. Jonas N. Søndergaard, Senior Postdoc at Karolinska Institutet and SciLifeLab, Stockholm, Sweden. Jonas is the founder of the Fair Journal. He 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.

Topics: Multidisciplinary. Specialty topics: Immunology, Transcriptomics, and Oncology.

Jonas N. Søndergaard

Dr. Manuel Mazo Jr., Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. You can find Manuel’s publication history here.

Topics: Multidisciplinary. Specialty topics: Control Systems, Hybrid Systems, Distributed Control and Estimation, Non-Linear Control, Robotics.

Manuel Mazo Jr.

We are currently looking for additional editors. If you are interested in becoming an editor, please contact us here.

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