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  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

K-12 STEM Education

(updated 13 August 2015)


We welcome manuscripts from anyone who has interesting insights, ideas, projects or research in STEM Education that are applicable in STEM classrooms, and help to improve teacher classroom practice.


IPST’s definition of STEM education: “STEM education integrates science, engineering, technology and mathematics focusing on the application of knowledge to real-life problem solving and development of new products or procedures benefiting daily living and livelihood. STEM education infuses the engineering process into the existing science, mathematics and technology curricula to enable utilization of the knowledge to solve actual problems and aid future occupational undertakings.”


We encourage the following types of manuscripts about STEM education:

  • Pedagogy, including assessment (the journal’s main focus)


Other types of manuscripts we will consider if focusing on STEM pedagogy:

  • Research papers;
  • Book reviews;
  • Articles about research findings, including action research (written for classroom teachers).


Please read the following guidelines carefully before submitting your manuscript. There is no charge to authors for publishing in the Journal. Feel free to contact us at if you have questions. Thank you for your interest in K-12 STEM Education!



  1. The article must be the original work of the author(s).
  2. The article must not have been published in any other print or online journal. Exception: A research article that has been previously published in an ISMTEC Proceedings may be used, but it will be noted that it is a reprint with permission.
  3. The article must be in English. Please ensure proper usage before submitting.
  4. It must conform to the “STEM” theme (Science, Technology, Engineering [innovative design / problem solving], and Mathematics), and should involve at least one of the S-T-E-M strands, with additional interdisciplinary links encouraged. Articles describing exemplary examples that connect science, mathematics and technology to real-world problem solving (“Engineering design”) will be given priority.
  5. The article must appeal to classroom teachers and STEM educators, who are the main readers of this publication.
  6. General articles about research should use language that reflects readership (see #5). Please refer to guidelines below for articles about research findings.
  7. The article should be no longer than 6 single-spaced standard letter size (8.5 x 11”) pages (This does not apply to research articles). Exceptions granted depending on substance and importance for understanding content. Manuscripts are to be written single-spaced using 12-point font type.
  8. An abstract of less than 200 words.
  9. Citations required if referencing other sources. Use APA (OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab)
  10. Images of children require signed release forms. If a school has the signatures on file, please so state when submitting. This is the responsibility of the authors.
  11. Links to animations, videos and other visuals are encouraged, with proper credits noted.
  12. Editors reserve the right to alter manuscripts for formatting, length, and readability.
  13. Authors have final approval of reviewed, revised and edited manuscripts.
  14. Authors retain copyright for their article, but transfer copyright to K-12 STEM Education for publication.


Other manuscripts considered:



            Please refer to the educational research article guidelines at:

            The article should be no longer than 10 single-spaced standard letter size (8.5 x 11”) pages

            To submit a manuscript, please send two copies: one in .doc or .docx format for editing, and one pdf.



            Researchers who wish to write articles for general readership may do so, using the guidelines above (ARTICLES ABOUT STEM PEDAGOGY), but should include data, graphs and tables, etc. that help to illustrate points, and must use proper APA format citations. The article does not have to follow research paper guidelines, and should be no longer than 6 pages single-spaced.



            Book reviews must be about publications that are specifically about STEM education, and would be helpful to classroom teachers. For guidelines and tips about writing book reports, refer to


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