Jan 22

Call for submissions to afterschool-themed issue of Connected Science Learning

Connected Science Learning is looking for you to submit to the fall issue highlighting afterschool partnerships! A project of the National Science Teachers Association and the Association of Science-Technology Centers, Connected Science Learning focuses on sharing the effective methods of collaboration and programming between out-of-school and in-school learning Geared toward STEM education professionals, the online, peer-reviewed, journal highlights research, programs, and initiatives connecting preK-12 students with STEM learning opportunities. First published in March of 2016, the journal has had issues focusing on STEM education for early learners, STEM learning ecosystems, and more.

What type of articles are they looking for?

Connected Science Learning publishes original research showing outcomes and impacts of in-school and out-of-school STEM learning partnerships. Submissions go through a double-blind peer-review process and extensive editing with assistance from the Connected Science Learning editorial team. In addition to issue-specific features, articles can be submitted under three categories: “Research to Practice, Practice to Research,” “Emerging Connections,” and “Diversity and Equity.”

What are the submission guidelines?

Submission to Connected Science Learning is a rigorous process. Submitted articles should:

  • Be 2,000-4,000 words in length.
  • Clearly demonstrate a collaboration between in- and out-of-school STEM learning.
  • Provide outcomes from the program’s evaluation.
  • Provide recommendations for other programs.
  • Include supplemental materials such as photos, videos, or audio resources.

Submission should not:

  • Have been previously published.
  • Contain materials that are not original to the author.
  • Focus on research without discussing its application.
  • Promote a commercial product.

Don’t have the capacity for a longer submission?

Consider submitting a brief, which is a shorter, 500-word, piece that highlights research results, curriculum considerations, or is a short description of a publication, video, or website. Geared toward STEM learning professionals, briefs provide short insights into useful tools or materials for the field.

For those interested in submitting, the full list of submission guidelines is available online, along with instructions for preparing your manuscript for submission.

Contributions are due by April 15, 2018, and should be submitted electronically to Any submission questions should be directed to Kate Lu Sedor, Project Editor, at Editorial questions should be directed to Dennis Schatz, Field Editor,