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All Science in School articles are submitted, reviewed, edited and published in English. Thereafter, with the valuable help of a growing group of volunteers, many articles are translated into other European languages and published on the Science in School website, to make them available to a wider readership. To list all the articles in a particular language, click on the relevant flag in the header, visible on every page. The flag corresponding to the language you have selected appears surrounded by a black square.

If you do not click on any flag, the default selection is English (see below).


For a full list of languages, see here.

If you are interested in helping us translate articles, see our guidelines for translators.


When you visit our website, you might be looking for a particular type of article - perhaps teaching activity or a cutting-edge science article. To list all articles in that category, use the category links in the header, visible on every page.


If you do not select a category, articles from all categories will be displayed when you select a language or topic from the header. The selected category will appear underlined. Note that you can only select either a category or a topic through the header, not both.

For a full list of categories, click on ‘…more’ at the right-hand side of the ‘Categories’ bar, or see here.

For more selection options, use the Browse articles function.


If you are looking for a particular topic of article - perhaps physics, astronomy or primary science, you can browse the articles of interest using the topics links in the header, visible on every page.


If you do not select a topic, articles from all topics will be displayed when selecting a language or category from the header. The selected topic will appear underlined. Note that you can only select either a topic or a category through the header, not both. For a full list of topics, click on ‘…more’ at the right-hand side of the ‘Topics’ bar, or see here.

For more selection options, use the Browse articles function.


Some but not all articles are also assigned to series. These are:

Climate change
Pencil project.

Clicking on any of the links above will take you to a list of all the articles in that series.


At the end of all articles are a list of keywords defining the language, category, issue, topic(s), series (if applicable) and EIROforum institution (if applicable) associated with the article. For example, English, scientist profile, Issue 16, biology and biodiversity. These keywords are hyperlinked: clicking on one of them will open a list of all articles associated with that keyword.

Browse articles

The Browse articles function allows you to search for articles by specifying a combination of characteristics: languages, categories, issues, article series and topics. You can choose to have your results displayed either as a list of titles or as a list of the full teasers with teaser images. To access this useful tool, click the ‘Browse articles’ link in the header of every page or see here.

Note that the 'Browse articles' feature does not allow you to use a keyword. For that, you will need to use either the Simple or Advanced search.

Simple search

You can search the Science in School website for particular keywords. To do so, just enter them in the search field at the top right of every page and click the ‘Search button. Alternatively, see here.

Please note that you have to enter at least one keyword with at least three characters, and that wildcard searches are not possible. This means that the search will only find entire words, not parts of a word.

Advanced search

For more specific searches, you may find our ‘Advanced search’ function useful. You can find it by clicking on the ‘Search’ button at the top right of every page and then opening up the Advanced search by clicking on ‘Advanced search’.

This allows you to search for results containing specific words or phrases, or excluding specific words. You can limit your search to particular types of article, articles from specific issues of the journal, in particular languages or series, on particular topics or related to specific EIROforum organisations.

However, remember that, as for the simple search, you have to enter at least one keyword with at least three characters, and that wildcard searches are not possible (the search will only find entire words, not parts of a word). If you want to search, say, for all articles from Issue 3 in Turkish without limiting yourself to a keyword, then you need to use the Browse articles function.


Subscriptions are available both to the email alert and to the print journal.

Subscribing to the email alert

All Science in School articles are freely available to all visitors to the journal website. See the archive.

To receive an alert when each issue is published, enter your email address in the 'Email alert' field in the right-hand column, select the 'Subscribe' radio button, and click on the 'Submit' button. If you want to unsubscribe from the alert, repeat this action, selecting the 'Unsubscribe' radio button instead.

For a list of all previously published email alerts, see here.

Subscribing to the print journal

The print journal is only available within Europe, where it is free of charge. To subscribe to the print journal, to leave comments on the website or to use the online discussion forum, you will need to register on the Science in School website. Registration is free.

To receive a free print subscription, log in, then click on the 'Edit' tab, then on 'Print subscription'. Enter your address and don't forget to select the 'Subscribe to the print version' checkbox.

If you would like multiple copies of Science in School (for example, if you work for a museum or teacher-training institute and would like to give copies to visiting teachers), please contact us by email, describing how you propose to distribute the journal. We may be able to send you copies; the copies themselves would be free, but you would need to cover the distribution costs.


DOI stands for digital object identifier; essentially, a DOI is used to find any object in a digital environment (e.g. an online article). In Science in School, you will often find DOIs in our references, e.g.

Friday BB, Adjei AA (2005) K-ras as a target for cancer therapy. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Reviews on Cancer 1756(2): 127-144. doi: 10.1016/j.bbcan.2005.08.001

In the referenece, the DOI itself is linked (in this case, to; clicking on the link will take you straight to the relevant article. For more information about DOIs, see:

Nature articles

With kind permission from Nature Publishing, we offer free access to all Nature articles that are cited in our articles. Just click on the relevant link to download the PDF. For example,

Stratton MR, Campbell PJ, Futreal AP (2009) The cancer genome. Nature 458: 719-724. doi: 10.1038/nature07943

Download the article free of charge here, or subscribe to Nature today:

RSS feeds

What are RSS feeds?

The Science in School website offers many RSS feeds. RSS feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest article headlines, links and descriptions in one place, as soon as they are published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.

Viewing and using Science in School RSS feeds

  1. Download or sign up to a news reader service. This is a piece of software that checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time. Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer.
  2. Some readers are accessed using a browser, while others are downloadable applications. The browser-based ones let you read your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your computer. You can find a list of RSS readers here.

  3. Decide what content you want it to receive; for example you may wish to be alerted whenever a new article in Spanish is published on the Science in School website, or a new physics article. Display the relevant list of content (for example, by clicking on the appropriate keyword, category, topic or language).

  4. In the list, you will see the RSS icon (see below). Clicking on it will open the feed list (you can also select the feed list using the list below). At the top of the page, select the news reader service you have signed up to and subscribe. Alternatively, you can copy the URL of the feed list (e.g. into your news reader service directly. Your RSS feed reader should now automatically alert you when relevant content is added to the Science in School website.

Using Science in School RSS feeds on your website

If you run your own website, you can use RSS to display the latest content from the Science in School website on your own website.

We encourage this use of Science in School RSS feeds, but we require that the content is credited with 'Science in School' or '', as appropriate. You may not use the Science in School or EIROforum logo or other Science in School branding.

We reserve the right to prevent the distribution of Science in School content and Science in School does not accept any liability for its feeds.

Science in School RSS feeds

Article topics




Astronomy & space science









Earth science



Article series



Climate change



The Japanese nuclear disaster

PENCIL project  

















Czech / Slovak















Article categories

Back in the staffroom

Resources on the web

Science topics

Cutting-edge science


Scientist profiles


Science and society

Spotlight on education

Event reports

Science education projects

Teacher profiles

Feature articles

Science in film

Teaching activities

QR codes

What are QR codes?

The QR (quick response) code is one of the most widespread types of two-dimensional bar-code. It can store a variety of information types, including URLs, which is how it is used on the Science in School website. For more information, see:

Using Science in School QR codes

Starting with Issue 18, you will find a QR code at the back of the print issue (leading to the Science in School homepage), on the contents and last inside page (leading to the issue's online contents page), and at the end of each article (leading to the online version of that article).

With the aid of a smart phone, this QR code will lead you straight to the relevant website. All you need to do is download a free QR code reader app (such as BeeTagg or i-Nigma) for your smart phone and scan the code with your phone’s camera. To find a suitable one for your phone, see:

Hint: the apps works better in good light conditions, and with a steady hand. You may also want to try holding your camera at different distances from the code. You can then use all the live links to the references and resources, download the PDF, send the article to your friends, leave comments, and much more. What do you think about this new feature? Does it work for you? Leave your feedback here:

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