Science in School is read by teachers of all science subjects, as well as others involved in science education. Articles therefore need to be accessible and interesting to an audience with a general science background, rather than targeting specialists in individual science subjects.
Some general advice:
- We welcome submissions, and do not charge author processing fees, but we strongly advise you to contact us before you start writing so that we can make sure your article fits our criteria.
- Aim for an engaging, journalistic style: remember that most of our readers are secondary-school science teachers, and that they should be able to use many of our articles in lessons, perhaps giving them to their students.
Articles must be submitted in English, accompanied by the completed copyright form, and may not exceed the relevant word limit (see the different categories of articles). If we publish your article, we may also include translated versions on our website.
Forthcoming submission deadlines
- Issue 35: 10 September 2015
- Issue 36: 1 December 2015
Categories of article
Articles submitted to Science in School should fit into one of the following categories. If you are not sure whether your planned article is suitable, please ask us before writing it.
These articles aim to give readers a deeper understanding of a specific scientific topic. They are normally written by research or industrial scientists.
- Avoid unnecessary technical detail: remember that these articles are for an audience with a general science background rather than specialists working on your topic
- Explain why the topic is important and interesting for a general audience. For example, does it raise ethical issues or have implications for everyday life, future technology - or even school lessons?
- Maximum length: 1000 words
These articles are not necessarily directly usable in the classroom but should spark our readers' interest and give them food for thought. They include scientist profiles, teacher profiles, resource reviews, selected advertorials, comparisons of European education systems, and event reports. The articles are often commissioned by the editorial team, but we welcome your suggestions.
These articles describe how to construct innovative teaching materials, run novel experiments or carry out inspiring projects at school. We are particularly interested in activities to introduce modern science into the classroom. The articles are most often written by teachers.
- Provide step-by-step instructions for carrying out the activity. This should be the bulk of the article: keep details of the context or value of the activity very short.
- If your activity involves a great deal of work (many teachers do not have the necessary time or freedom), include some ideas that can be done in less time.
- If applicable, make sure you include safety notes.
- Indicate which age(s) of students the activity is suitable for, what they will learn, and how long the activity takes.
- If it is not possible to replicate the whole project (or to describe it in 1500 words), focus on one or more of the activities and briefly list the others.
- Maximum length: 1500 words.
Articles should be submitted via email. Make sure that you include your name, address and telephone number in the email, and do not forget to include your name in the article.
Review and publication
Submissions are initially reviewed by the editorial team. If your article is promising but not quite suitable for Science in School, we may rework it or suggest how you should adapt it. In the next stage, articles are reviewed by teachers for usefulness, interest and applicability, after which we may request or make further changes to your article. If your article passes this stage, the editorial board decides whether or not to publish it, and we will inform you once the decision has been made. No fees are charged to the authors or readers of our journal.
The Science in School editorial team retains the right to edit the final article to conform to the house style of the journal.
While we make every effort to respond promptly to submissions, it will take some time before we can let you know whether we will publish your article.
Format and structure
Articles should be submitted as Word (.doc or .docx) plain text (.txt) or rich text (.rtf) files, preferably using the Science in School template. While you are welcome to use simple formatting such as headings and tables, please avoid text boxes, embedded images and footnotes.
If applicable, list all references and web references (e.g. books, articles or websites) mentioned in your article. If possible, these should be resources that are easily (and preferably freely) available to teachers, rather than articles in specialist journals. You can add extra value to your article by listing further resources about the topic, for example informative websites or materials than can be downloaded or ordered. These resources do not have to be cited in the text of the article.
At the end of the article, include 2-3 sentences of author information: your science background, involvement in education and current job.
References, web references, resources, author information and captions are not included in the word count.
Images must be of print quality (minimum 300 dpi at a size of around 10 x 10 cm) and should be submitted as separate files (e.g. tif or jpg), not embedded in a Word document.
For each image, we need a caption and the exact credit; these can be listed in a table at the end of the article. If you are not the copyright owner of all images submitted, note that it is your responsibility to obtain permission from the copyright owner. If your article is translated (see below), we may also need to translate the labels of any diagrams in the article. Please ensure you have the copyright owner's permission for us to do this.
If the images include children, please confirm that you have their parents' permission for us to use the photographs.
Please complete our copyright form and submit it together with your article. We use Creative Commons copyright licences, under which the author retains the copyright and allows others to re-use the material.
If you have submitted the article simultaneously to another journal, or if you are submitting something that has already been published elsewhere, make sure you let us know. In general, we can accept such submissions, providing you own the copyright and that you have permission from the other publisher.
If you regularly submit articles to Science in School, you may prefer to agree for the Creative Commons copyright licenses to be used for all your articles, rather than filling in the form each time. To do that, use the text 'All articles submitted to Science in School' in the title field of the form.
To ensure that Science in School is read as widely as possible, many of the articles are translated into other European languages and put online. If you would be willing to translate your article into your mother tongue after publication, please let us know. Otherwise, if we publish your article, we will try to find volunteer translators to translate it. Guidelines for translators are available here.