We encourage submissions for all of our journals and magazines. Each has a different set of criteria for acceptance of submissions including length and style.
ASE would welcome submissions from anyone interested in teaching or working in school science internationally. Articles and short news pieces should be sent to Jane Hanrott, Executive Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance as a Word document, and should be no longer than 4000 words.
In this section, you will find more information about what to submit, when to submit and how to submit.
Major articles fall into three main categories:
- Requested articles addressing topical issues, or regular features
- Unsolicited articles about current issues and initiatives, projects and events
- Letters, opinion pieces and short news items from other organisations.
Contributions are most welcome in all categories. Please email email@example.com if you have ideas, news or views, or are involved in initiatives that you feel would be of interest or benefit to our readership.
Articles should be between 700 to 1500 words in length and written in a straightforward and economical style, with minimal jargon and only essential references. Good quality images and illustrations are strongly encouraged. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission for the use of any material for which the copyright is held by a third party and to provide the appropriate credit. A brief indication of your current work designation should be included, which will be published at the end of the article.
Letters should be kept short, ideally less than 700 words, and Notes items should be no longer than 300 words. Letters and news items may be accepted after the copy deadline, provided that there is space available.
As for all ASE publications, we ask that you do not submit the same article to any other publication at the same time.
These are approximate deadlines. Please contact Jane Hanrott on firstname.lastname@example.org for exact dates.
Month of issue
Please e-mail your contribution to Jane Hanrott (Executive Editor of EiS) on email@example.com with your contact details and any images you would like to include. Jane will acknowledge receipt and liaise with you during the editing and production process.
All authors automatically receive one complimentary copy of the issue in which their contribution appears. Further copies are available on request.
Please Note: Material published in all ASE journals will appear on the ASE website in the members’ area and some articles may be accessed in the public area as sample material.
Contributions can be of two main types:
- full length papers of up to 5,000 words in length and shorter reports of work in progress
- completed research of up to 2,500 words.
In addition, the journal will review book and resources on early years science.
Contributors should bear in mind that the readership is both national UK and international and also that they should consider the implications of their research on practice and provision in the early years. Articles submitted to JES should not be under consideration by any other journal, or have been published elsewhere, although previously published research may be submitted having been rewritten to facilitate access by professionals in the early years and with clear implications of the research on policy, practice and provision.
Please send all submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org in an electronic form.
Deadline for unrefereed submission
Primary Science aims to share information and ideas that support effective practice in science education at the primary school level through to early secondary education. To this end we publish articles about teaching, learning & thinking and assessing science, in the main, covering early years to secondary/high school transfer. We welcome articles on a range of areas including:
- selecting, adapting and managing learning activities both within and outside the classroom, so sharing expertise;
- research interpretations;
- informing and addressing important developments and challenge thinking about them;
- an international perspective on primary science education;
- adaptations for children with special needs, health and safety;
- use of ICT;
- links to other areas of the curriculum and;
- information about useful books, equipment, audio-visual aids, web sites and CD-ROMs to support both teachers and learners.
Articles that provide insight into familiar classroom activities, as well as those containing novel ideas about content and learning & teaching processes, are always of interest. However we look for reflection on practice rather than simple description: impact on the reader or on the people involved in the writing, either pupils or authors. We also value comment on matters of policy and developments in primary science and discussion of innovations whether originated locally or nationally. Short letters, viewpoints, ideas, queries and news items are also welcome.
- try to submit articles in electronic form, but if this isn’t possible then 3 hard (paper) copies should be sent by post to the contact below;
- keep articles short; ideally around the 1500 word mark, with a maximum of 2000; other contributions such as letters and viewpoints etc should be much shorter;
- keep jargon and technical language to a minimum. If you need to use specific terminology, please clarify it;
- write in a straightforward and economical style; serious but not dull, almost as you speak;
- follow the journal style for writing, e.g. a title and ‘strapline’ indicating the article’s content, subheadings to break up the text, and information about yourself at the end of the article (although these will be setout during the editing process if missing);
- give a few essential references only, following the journal style - the Harvard system. If this is an online reference, please include the full web address and when you last accessed it;
- remember that most readers are primary teachers but that PS also has an international readership and is read by students, ITE staff, professional developers, researchers, parents, and the education departments of industry and commerce.
- ideally your article should include some images. These may be in the form of illustrations, charts, tables, or may have been sourced publically. Please note that you are responsible for obtaining (and retaining) the permission to use the images from the publisher and for supplying the required credits. ASE does not pay for images. These are best supplied separately to the article text, as high quality images e.g. .jpg’s if possible;
- include images that illustrate what you or the children were doing. it is essential to ensure that the children's parents and teachers are agreeable to this and are aware that the article with the photo may be put on the ASE website. This permission should be retained by you for future reference, but it’s existence indicated when submitting the article;
- please try to give one or two relevant websites to help readers find out further information;
- include your name, position, home and/or work address, phone number and e-mail addresses on the main document not just on the covering letter/email (which may become separated);
- indicate on the article, the title you wish on the article and whether you want to include your email address, along with other relevant information;
- where you provide sources of equipment, etc, please check that they are up to date and give full addresses/contact numbers.
Please email your submission to email@example.com as an attachment.
Please don’t send an article to more that one journal at a time since this wastes the time of those who referee submitted contributions.
Note that materials published in PS may be included on the ASE Website.
Members of the editorial board are always willing to give advice to those who are writing for PS for the first time. Seeking this help before submitting formally will avoid articles being rejected for being 'off the mark'. However, articles intended for publication do need to be submitted through the ASE to the email or office address listed above, where they are logged. The Editor will read each submission (normally within a week of it arriving) and pass some initial comments back to author. The article is simultaneously forwarded to members of the PS Editorial Board for review. The Editor then submits these articles for review to the PS Editorial Board. This process can take up to 6 weeks. The Editor will contact the author with the decision about acceptance for publication and any further comments or suggestions for revisions.
The date of publication of accepted articles depends on the number of articles awaiting publication and on decisions about what is most appropriate at a particular time. If an author wishes to write for a particular themed issue of PS, this process is aided if the article is received before the ‘deadline’ published in each PS Journal for the themed issue, in order to carry out the review process and meet the 3 month lead time for publication. The Executive Editor, Helen Johnson, who is responsible for putting together the articles accepted for a particular issue and adding other sections, such as reviews, correspondence and advertisements, will confirm the date of the articles’ publication and arrange for authors to receive 3 complimentary copies of the relevant issue.
The ASE welcomes contributions for all sections of SSR.
Submission by email or mail
You can either submit articles by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- It is the responsibility of authors to obtain permission, before submission, for the use of any material for which the copyright is held by a third party.
- Detailed advice on the submission of articles and Science Notes, including editorial procedure, presentation, style guide, safety guidelines and copyright.
- As for all ASE publications, we ask that you do not submit the same article to any other publication at the same time.
Material published in all ASE journals will appear on the ASE website and some articles may be accessed in the public area as sample material.
The production schedule is as follows:
Final deadline for unrefereed copy
Final deadline for edited copy
End of August
End of March
Submitting Articles for STE
Writing for Science Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education (STE) is an online journal publishing articles, items of opinion and news and reviews of research papers, books and websites of interest to anyone involved in the preparation or professional development (PD) of science teachers. STE is the journal of the xxx published online three times a year and is available to ASE members for an additional subscription or to non-members for a slightly larger fee.
We aim to attract a range of articles tp encapsulate the broad umbrella of professional learning activities that science teachers and educators engage in, particularly in light of the increased number of routes into teaching and the growing diversity in PD provision. We are keen to encourage new writers and, where necessary, one of the Editorial Board will be allocated to act as coach and provide feedback at an early stage of writing.
There are 5 types of article in STE:
- Articles on pedagogy and professional learning in Science education - ITE and CPD.
- Articles from early career teachers that are developed with the support of a mentor, either from the ITE/Masters/PhD/EdD tutor or provided by ASE
- Action Research and Practitioner Research section
- CSci/RSci learning Journeys or mentor learning journeys or PGCE/SD/Teach1st learning Journey
- Reviews of CPD programmes, resources & books on professional learning
For main articles, we are looking for more than just descriptions of practice. Pieces should be between about 1,500 and 3,500 words. A good article will have the following features:
A clear and catchy title that expresses what the article is about.
- A very short abstract (about 100 words) that outlines the main points it makes.
- An introduction about what was done (if about research or evaluation of methods) in the context of what is already known about the area (just a few references to other work could be given, but not too many!). It is always useful to refer back to articles that have appeared in STE.
- A short section that outlines the methods used to collect data and the sample or the focus of evaluation.
- The key findings or outcomes.
- A discussion of the findings and what they mean for teacher educators.
- A conclusion that points to implications for practice and policy in science teacher education – please don’t just repeat the findings again.
- An e-mail address for the main author – where you can be contacted.
- A list of references in the ASE house style – see back issues of the journal and the examples that follow.
All items for publication should be typed as a one single word document with diagrams, tables and figures arranged in the text as the author wishes to see them. Colour photographs can be included in the word document or sent as separate Jpeg files. Documents should be sent by e-mail to the Editor,
You should submit at least three months ahead of an issue for an item to be considered. The Editor has the right to decide on the exact issue in which accepted publications should appear. Final copy for publication must reach the editor at least six weeks before the publication dates of: mid-February, mid-June and mid-October.
Articles are normally reviewed by the Editor and/or by at least two independent reviewers. Feedback to the author(s) typically may include a text response and/or a tracked version of the article with suggestions for changes, questions and comments clearly marked for the author(s)’ attention.
Guidelines for style and referencing
For a paper in a journal:
Clough, M. & Olson, J. (2004) ‘Nature of Science: Always part of the Science Story’, The Science Teacher, 71, (9), 28–31
For a book:
Harlen, W. (2010) Principles and Big Ideas of Science Education. Hatfield: Association for Science Education
For a chapter in a book:
Harlen, W. (2006) ‘Assessment for learning and assessment of learning’. In Wood- Robinson, V. (Ed.) ASE Guide to Secondary Science Education. Hatfield: Association for Science Education, 173–180
For an electronic source:
Eisenkraft, A. (2003) Expanding the 5E model. Available from http://www.its-abouttime.com/htmls/ap/eisenkrafttst.pdf Accessed 17.10.09