Science Education

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Edited by Sherry Southerland and John Settlage

Impact Factor: 1.8

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 28/231 (Education & Educational Research)

Online ISSN: 1098-237X

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Online Submission and Peer Review In taking a step toward expediting the publication process, Science Education is now pleased to offer web-based submission and peer review.

To submit your manuscript online, please:

1. Prepare your manuscript and illustrations in appropriate format, according to the instructions given here. Please also be sure that your paper conforms to the scientific and style instructions of the Journal given below.

2. If you have not already done so, create an account for yourself in the system at the submission site, by clicking on the "Create an Account" button. To monitor the progress of your manuscript throughout the review process, just login periodically and check your Author Center.

3. Please be sure to study the Instructions and Forms given at the site carefully, and then let the system guide you through the submission process. Online help is available to you at all times during the process. You are also able to exit/re-enter at any stage before finally "submitting" your work. All submissions are kept strictly confidential. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at .

Please Note: General correspondence concerning submissions should be directed to:

Science Education Editorial Office
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For all other correspondence, please see the addresses on the inside front cover of the journal or the journal's homepage.

1. Submission of a manuscript indicates (a) that it has been approved by all the named authors, (b) that it reports unpublished work, and (c) that it is not under consideration elsewhere. Manuscripts should deal with matters of importance to science educators. Papers are solicited that report results of research, as well as descriptive, interpretative, and persuasive articles. Submitted manuscripts are reviewed by the journal's referees who make recommendations about the papers' suitability for publication.

2. Papers published in the journal appear either in the General section or in one of the special sections. The General section includes descriptive articles and research reports that are of interest to science educators generally and deal with such areas as science curricula and instructional programs, science tests and assessment instruments, and the history of science education. Papers that do not clearly belong in any one of the special sections also appear here.

The special sections currently are:
  • Learning : consisting of theoretical and empirical research studies on learning of science. We invite manuscripts that investigate learning and its change and growth from various lenses, including psychological, social, cognitive, sociohistorical, and affective. Studies examining the relationship of learning to teaching, the science knowledge and practices, the learners themselves, and the contexts (social, political, physical, ideological, institutional, epistemological, and cultural) are similarly welcome.
  • Issues and Trends : consisting primarily of analytical, interpretive, or persuasive essays on current educational, social, or philosophical issues and trends relevant to the teaching of science. This special section particularly seeks to promote informed dialogues about current issues in science education, and carefully reasoned papers representing disparate viewpoints are welcomed. Manuscripts submitted for this section may be in the form of a position paper, a polemical piece, or a creative commentary.
  • Science Education Policy : including reports about the goals and/or underlying principles of policies adopted by government, interest groups, school districts, etc., and their effect on science teaching and learning. Additionally, research on science education policy relates to a critical examination of how theory, research, and practice of science education are influenced by policy decisions.
  • Science Learning in Everyday Life : consisting of analytical, interpretative, or philosophical papers regarding learning science outside of the formal classroom. Papers should investigate experiences in settings such as community, home, the Internet, after school settings, museums, and other opportunities that develop science interest, knowledge or practices across the life span. Attention to issues and factors relating to equity in science learning are especially encouraged..
  • Science Teacher Education : consisting of original empirical and/or theoretical research that examines the preparation of teachers, the work of teachers, or how teachers' work is influenced by a broader context. "Teacher education" refers to development throughout the continuum of one’s teaching career, from pre-service, through induction, into advanced professional stages of teaching.
  • Science Studies and Science Education : provides a forum for interdisciplinary investigations into science and science education. It informs and derives perspectives from history, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology of science as well as cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence to contribute to the theory, methodology, policy, and practice of science education.
  • Comments and Criticism : provides a forum for the expression of differing viewpoints and the correction of misunderstanding regarding topics in published papers. Readers of the journal are earnestly invited to contribute their ideas to this forum. Contributions for the Comments and Criticism section should be relatively brief, normally two to four manuscript pages, and will be published as rapidly as possible.
  • Books : covering reviews of recently published books in the field.

The Journal Editorial Board invites any manuscript addressing a relevant science education topic that employs an established and recognized scholarly approach and also impacts or is generalizable to national and international populations. Quantitative research reports that employ sophisticated research designs (e.g. MANOVAs linear modeling) and qualitative research reports that rigorously follow naturalistic research methods are preferred. All manuscripts must provide a thorough review of the literature that establishes the research problem or the issue at hand as well as a thorough conclusion that addresses the implications and limitations of the research or argument.

3. Manuscript Preparation. All material must be typed double-spaced throughout. Submitted manuscripts normally run between twenty and fifty pages in length. The author's name and affiliation should appear on a separate cover sheet. Where appropriate, the paper should be divided into sections with suitable headings.

Software and format. Microsoft Word Format is preferred for manuscript submissionElectronic versions in ASCII or PDF are not acceptable. Each figure must be uploaded separately as an image file using TIFF or EPS formatting. Each image file must include all subparts (A, B, C, etc.) to the figure. Subparts should not be uploaded individually. Figures saved as PDF or prepared in Word, Excel, Microsoft Publisher, Lotus 123, PowerPoint and Corel Draw are not acceptable files. Tables should appear at the end of the manuscript text in the main document and should not be uploaded as separate image files. A figure legend/list of captions should appear at the end of the manuscript text as well. All submissions should have a complete title page and abstract in the main document file.

No article can be published unless accompanied by a signed publication agreement, which serves as a transfer of copyright from author to publisher. A publication agreement may be obtained from the editor or from this link . A copy of the publication agreement appears in some issues of the journal. Only original papers will be accepted and copyright in published papers will be vested in the publisher. It is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce material that has appeared in another publication.

English Editing Services. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

4. Author Anonymity. Science Education employs an anonymous review policy (i.e., blind review). For online submissions, the author's (authors’) name(s) and affiliation should not be included on any of the manuscript files or in the file name uploaded in Manuscript Central to ensure anonymity in the review process. Furthermore, if it is necessary for authors to cite their own work, the word "author" should be inserted in the text to maintain anonymity.

5. Citations. All citations and references should strictly follow the style conventions of the American Psychological Association (APA). For details of these style conventions, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2010). Authors should adhere to the APA style conventions when submitting manuscripts to the General section or any of the special sections of the journal.

When using APA style conventions, the citation of each reference is given in the text by means of the author's name and the year of publication, both enclosed in parentheses: e.g. (Bingham, 1979); the list of references should be ordered alphabetically by author's last names, and compiled on a separate sheet at the end of the manuscript. References must be complete, containing the author's initials and all relevant publication data. In the case of references to papers presented at a meeting, the full title of the paper, when and where it was presented, and the name of the sponsoring society must be given. Refer to references published in the journal for samples of the style employed. Representative examples follow.

Yore, L. D. (2004). Why do future scientists need to study the language arts? In E. W. Saul (Ed.), Crossing borders in literacy and science instruction: Perspectives on theory and practice (pp. 71-94). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Hofstein, A., & Lunetta, V. N. (2004). The laboratory in science education: Foundations for the twenty-first century. Science Education, 88(1), 28-45.

6. Footnotes. Footnotes for the purpose of clarifying the text are permitted and should be denoted by superscript numbers in the text. Reference citations are not to be used as footnotes. The numbered footnotes should be typed double-spaced and compiled on a separate sheet at the end of the manuscript, following the list of references.

7. Tables. Tables must be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals, and captioned. Each column should have an explanatory heading. Tables should be grouped at the end of the manuscript or may be interspersed within the text.

8. Figures. The quality of the illustrations depends on the quality of the electronic file provided. Please submit graphics and artwork in TIFF or EPS formats.

All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. Authors are requested to pay the cost of reproducing color figures in print. Authors are encouraged to submit color illustrations that highlight the text and convey essential scientific information. For best reproduction, bright, clear colors should be used. Dark colors against a dark background do not reproduce well; please place your color images against a white background wherever possible.

9. Final Revised Manuscripts. Papers are edited to improve the effectiveness of communication between author and readers. The most important goals are to improve sentence structure and to eliminate ambiguities. When editing is extensive, with consequent danger of altered meaning, papers are returned by the journal Editor to the author for correction and approval before type is set.

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