Editor-in-Chief: Laura Helmuth
Format: print and digital
Subjects: feature articles, news stories, opinion and commentary, podcasts, videos, multimedia, photo features, and other forms of storytelling
Publisher: Springer Nature America, Inc.
Learn about the amazing world of STEM with articles, photos, videos, and more focused on science, technology, engineering, and math. Scientific American covers the world of research, discussing new scientific findings from astronomy to microbiology, evolution to vaccines, there are articles that cover the wide range of science.
The multimedia aspect of Scientific American, from a physical magazine to its online version, from podcasts to video commentary, make for a variety of access points for readers. All of the media included in the online format, however, can be distracting as the website is so full of different options, it can be a challenge to choose what to focus on. It is an important part of publications about science, covering new research, exploring the evolution of theories and discoveries, and speaking with an unpolitical view of science, health, and technology. Accessibility with Scientific American is not a challenge, as there are apps and newsletters as well as its print, digital, and website editions. No matter the reading preferences of the teens at the library, there should be a version that will work for them. Scientific American has been around since 1845, so the publication is recognizable to teens and their parents as well as educators and librarians. While their scientific articles are unpolitical, there are opinion and commentary aspects of the magazine libraries should be aware of, but the magazine's main focus is on research.
Learning about science can be fun and interesting with all of the options available in Scientific American.
Scientific American covers the most important and exciting research, ideas and knowledge in science, health, technology, the environment and society. It is committed to sharing trustworthy knowledge, enhancing our understanding of the world, and advancing social justice.
Founded 1845, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States. It has published articles by more than 200 Nobel Prize winners.
Scientific American reaches more than 10 million people around the world each month through its website, print and digital editions, newsletters and app and millions more through social media and other platforms.
Scientific American publishes work by journalists, scientists, scholars, policy makers and people with lived experience of scientific or social issues. See our submission guidelines for more information.
Scientific American publishes in-depth feature articles, timely news stories, expert opinion and commentary, podcasts, videos, multimedia, photo features and other forms of storytelling. In addition to our monthly flagship magazine and pieces published daily on our website, we produce special Collector’s Editions, the digital magazines Mind, Space & Physics and Health & Medicine, ebooks and other products. We also host live events and webinars featuring a diversity of experts and journalists who share their knowledge about current events the way that science and scholarly inquiry enhance our understanding of the world and shape our lives.
Our Parent Company
Scientific American is published by Springer Nature. The main shareholders of Springer Nature are Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and BC Partners. As a research publisher, Springer Nature is home to other trusted brands including Springer, Nature Research, BMC and Palgrave Macmillan. Scientific American maintains a strict policy of editorial independence. (About from here.)
Discuss a recent scientific discovery that can be read about in the magazine.
Interest Age (these may be two different ages – look at respected review sources). Don’t stress about this – use reputable selection tools like SLJ, Booklist, etc and indicate what they are suggesting. If they give both great if not just include the suggestion age or grade level listed.
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Nevada County Library Selection Policy
Selection of materials is based upon a number of criteria that include:
The Library selects materials in accordance with the guidelines stated by the American Library Association in its Library Bill of Rights, and Freedom to Read Statement and Freedom to View Statements.
The Library supports diversity of expression and views in its collection in an attempt to provide patrons with a foundation for making informed decisions and formulating personal opinions. The Library does not exclude items because of the race, nationality, social, political, or religious views of the authors. The presence of controversial materials in the collection does not represent the Library’s endorsement of the opinions expressed therein. Although some materials selected may contain language and/or illustrations that may be offensive to some patrons, the Library cannot undertake the task of pleasing all individuals by censoring such items.
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Staff should listen calmly to the patron’s concerns without judgement or commentary. They should acknowledge the public’s right to challenge materials and help the patron find an alternative item that will fit their needs.
Nevada County Library Reconsideration form
Any citizen may challenge materials. If the citizen chooses to submit a written Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials, Library staff will collect reviews and accumulate data on how the material conforms to the selection policy. An ad hoc review committee consisting of the Library Director, Branch Manager, one other librarian, and a citizen appointed at the discretion of the Library Director will review the material, judge whether it conforms to the Selection Policy and submit its report in writing to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. Concerned parties will be notified of the final decision in writing.
ALA Strategies and Tips for Dealing with Challenges to Library Materials
ALA Bill of Rights on Intellectual Freedom
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
It is important to have access to high-quality scientific information that is also approachable to different levels of readers. Scientific American includes interesting articles, good photos, and options available for both print and online browsing.