Submit an article

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 suggestions for new articles, but we strongly advise you to contact us before you start writing a text so we can discuss its pertinence and make sure it 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.

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.

UNDERSTAND

Articles in that category aim to give readers a deeper understanding of a specific scientific topic. They are normally written by research or industrial scientists.

Guidelines:

  • 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

INSPIRE

Articles in that category aim to provide the readers with information that may not be directly reusable in the classroom but, that will spark their interest and give them food for thought. It may include: scientists' profiles, teachers’ profiles, resource reviews, reports on other education-related roles, selected advertorial, event reports, reports on science in films.

Guidelines:

  • Avoid unnecessary technical detail, and try to be informative and entertaining at the same time
  • 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

TEACH

Articles in that category aim to provide readers with innovative activities and project to convey scientific concepts to their classes. In some occasions it can also include articles comparing or commenting on education systems at a European level. They are most often written by teachers.

Guidelines:

  • Provide step-by-step instructions: however brilliant your project is, the article needs to offer practical value for our readers.
  • 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 what age(s) of students the activity is suitable for, what they will learn, and how long the activity takes
  • Maximum length: 1500 words

Publication process

Submission - Articles should be submitted via email, to our central address: editor@scienceinschool.org, or directly to one of the editors. Make sure that you include your name, address and telephone number in the email.

Ideally you should follow the Science in School template  for articles, but if you don’t we will include your text in it for you.

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 of selection, 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.

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 confirm that we intend to publish an article.

Format and structure

Ideally articles should follow the Science in School template , but if you don’t we will include your text in it for you. In all cases, articles should be submitted as a Word (.doc or .docx) document. 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. These might be 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

Images must be of print quality (minimum 300 dpi at a size of around 10 x 10 cm).

Images should be submitted as separate files (e.g. tif or jpg), not embedded in a Word document.

For all images we need a caption and the exact credit: these can be listed in the table at the end of the template for articles. If you are not the copyright owner of all images submitted, note that it is your responsibility to obtain permission from the copyright owner. Note that 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 to use the photographs.

Copyright

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.

Most teaching activities and projects are published under a share alike copyright:

CC-BY-SA-NC

This license lets you remix, tweak, and build upon the author’s work non-commercially, as long as you credit the author and license their new creations under identical terms. You can download and redistribute the author’s work, but you can also translate or produce new stories based on the work. All new work based on the author’s work will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also be non-commercial in nature.

Furthermore, you may not imply that the derivative work is endorsed or approved by the author of the original work or by Science in School.

Most other articles are published under a no derivative copyright:

CC-BY-NC-ND

This license is often called the ’free advertising’ license because it allows you to download the author’s works and share them with others as long as you mention the author and link back to the author, but you cannot change them in any way or use them commercially.

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.

Translations

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.