Journal of STEM Teacher Education



Philosophy of Journal of STEM Teacher Education

For more information, please see Journal of STEM Teacher Education Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Journal of STEM Teacher Education provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

The Journal of STEM Teacher Education follows the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (Note. The APA Syle Blog is a great resource for additional questions and interpretations of APA.)

Formatting Requirements

The following are formatting requirements for all submissions:

  • Manuscripts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file (DOCX or DOC).
  • Tables, figures, and appendices should be included in the manuscript. (Tables and figures should appear in the text and not be appended.)
  • Page size should be 8.5 by 11 inches (letter size).
  • All margins should be 1 inch, including tables and figures.
  • Body text should be single spaced in a 12-point font.
  • If figures are included, use high-resolution images.
Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items. Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines may be returned to authors without review.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it under review by another journal (provide any explanation in your Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • The text is single spaced, using a 12-point font, and figures and tables are placed within the text (rather than at the end).
  • When available, DOIs or URLs have been provided for references.
  • All paraphrased or quoted material is accurate and has been appropriately attributed to those authors.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
  • The manuscript has been blinded. Information that identifies the author(s) should be removed from the body text, citations, and references. References that identify the author(s) have been deleted from the reference list, and citations have been replaced with “(Author, Date).”
  • Author information, institution, contact information, and key words have been entered only in the Metadata section and not in the uploaded manuscript. The title and abstract have been included in both the uploaded manuscript and in the Metadata section.

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Peer Review Process

Submitted manuscripts are initially pre-reviewed by the editor. The editor will either approve the manuscript for the peer review process or provide pre-review feedback with revision suggestions or the reason it is not an appropriate manuscript for Journal of STEM Teacher Education.

Manuscripts that are approved by the editor are assigned an associate editor and three anonymous reviewers. When the reviews are complete the associate editor, in consultation with the editor, makes a decision about the manuscript. The manuscripts may be accepted as submitted, accepted pending revisions, rejected but may be resubmitted for editorial review (doesn't require another peer review), rejected but may be resubmitted for a full review (required another peer review), or rejected.

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Publication Frequency

Journal items will be published collectively, as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents. The frequency of publication is determined by the number of manuscripts accepted for publication (typically two to four issues per year).

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Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

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Rights for Authors and ISU ReD: Research and eData

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to ISU ReD: Research and eData all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of ISU ReD: Research and eData, requires credit to ISU ReD: Research and eData as copyright holder (e.g., ISU ReD: Research and eData © 2023).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from ISU ReD: Research and eData provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the ISU ReD: Research and eData website and/or software agree not to misuse the ISU ReD: Research and eData service or software in any way.

The failure of ISU ReD: Research and eData to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between ISU ReD: Research and eData and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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