Science Education News Journal Submission Guidelines


Science Education News Journal

STANSW’s Science Education News journal (SEN) is a publication that focuses on all aspects of primary and secondary (K-12) Science Teaching. This is a member only journal for Science Teachers Association NSW members. Journal content includes, research, classroom ideas, resources, assessment ideas, and indigenous perspectives. Content is relevant to both primary and secondary school science education.

SEN is published quarterly online, it aims to support excellence in science education and contribute to the fostering of community across the Association.

Information for Authors:
Submissions can be made via


Categories and Requirements

Classroom ideas
In the Classroom Ideas category, we welcome submissions on innovative and practical teaching strategies and classroom activities across all scientific disciplines. We're interested in hearing from classroom teachers who have tried something that has worked particularly well with their students, and who are willing to share their learnings. Articles don’t need to be lengthy or time-consuming to prepare - there is no minimum word length, and the article should be no longer than 1,500 words. The primary emphasis is on the sharing of high-quality, replicable ideas that have had a positive impact on students' learning. We also value submissions that consider diverse learning needs and offer potential for differentiation and adaptation.

Assessment Ideas
We invite submissions featuring effective ways of assessing student understanding and progress in science. Whether it's traditional tests, performance assessments, or innovative formative or summative methods, we're looking for approaches that yield meaningful insight into student learning. There's no minimum word length, and articles should be no longer than 1,500 words. We encourage the sharing of successful and adaptable assessment strategies that not only evaluate but also enhance student learning, and that can be adopted by educators in diverse teaching contexts.

The resources section will include quality educational materials that assist in making science learning engaging and effective. This could include visual aids, interactive activities, digital tools, concept maps, manuals, or any other resource that enriches the science teaching and learning experience.

Research in Education
The research section will include the latest in peer-reviewed academic research in science education. Submissions in this category are often welcomed by academics in the university sector and research institutes. These articles should not exceed 2,000 words and must be contextualised to the Australian Curriculum. Abstract/Summary is required.

Indigenous Perspectives
We welcome submissions that highlight the integration of Indigenous knowledge, values, and pedagogies into science teaching and learning. There is no minimum word length, but submissions should be of high quality and demonstrate practical and respectful ways of enriching science education with Indigenous perspectives.

Preparing the submission:

  • Articles should be written in English using British spelling.
  • Article text should be saved in Word (.doc or .docx). Please do not submit text in PDF format (.pdf).
  • Figures to be saved as separate figure files.
  • Abbreviations must be defined when first used in the abstract and in the main text, as well as when first used in table and figure captions.


APA Style for citations and references.

Conflict of Interest
Authors. Every author of content submitted to a Science Education News journal is required to disclose affiliations, funding sources, and competing interests that might be perceived as sources of bias related to the reported research and/or presented content. Specific details about the required disclosures are listed below along with information about placement of these disclosures within the article. This policy applies to research, reviews, and opinion-type articles.

The Science Teachers Association NSW is the sole copyright holder of Science Education News and its articles unless specified otherwise.