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Submission Guidelines

Submitting articles

Authors should note the following advice regarding length and styleillustrationssubmission protocols and important information.

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.

Length and style

  • 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.

Illustrations – photographs and children’s work

  • 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; 

Information to include

  • 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. 

Submitting articles

Please email your submission to as an attachment, or post hard copy to: The Editor, Primary Science, ASE, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts. AL10 9AA

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.