The Association for Science Education

Submission Guidelines


The production schedule is as follows:

Final deadline for unrefereed copyFinal deadline for edited copyIssue date
End of August  Mid-September September
Mid-December Mid-January February
End of March        Mid-April May

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:

  1. Articles on pedagogy and professional learning in Science education - ITE and CPD.
  2. 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
  3. Action Research and Practitioner Research section
  4. CSci/RSci learning Journeys or mentor learning journeys or PGCE/SD/Teach1st learning Journey
  5. Reviews of CPD programmes, resources & books on professional learning 

Author guidelines 

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, Chris Harrison at

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. For support at early stages of writing please contact

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 Accessed 17.10.09 

If you would like to subscribe to the journal, or need to amend the email address to which your access details are sent, please contact Barbara Hansell, quoting your membership number (if appropriate), at ASE Headquarters, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts., AL10 9AA or e-mail: