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 of science teachers. STE is the journal of the Association of Tutors of Science Education (ATSE), 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 encourage articles from anyone who has something interesting to say about the preparation or professional development of science teachers. We are keen to encourage new writers and usually a piece of writing is sent to one or two members of the Editorial Board, who will give some feedback and suggest changes if they think the article is good enough to be published. 

If you are a new writer, one way to get started is to produce an item for the Opinion section. This could be anything from 250 to 1000 words. An example would be to produce a reasoned argument or response in relation to a proposed policy change or document from the government in the UK (or in your home country). A main tip is to back your arguments with more than just your opinions, using evidence from research or your own practice or what teachers and student teachers say. 

We are always looking for reviews of recent research articles that you or your colleagues might have found interesting. Here, it is useful to give some indication of why you think the article has something important to say and how it might help your colleagues or student teachers think about what they do in the classroom. 

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, Martin Braund 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. 

Guidelines for style and referencing should follow the format for the ASE’s other journals. For example: 

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: