Journal of Science Teacher Education

The Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE) publishes research and theoretical articles concerning pre-service and in-service science teacher education.  JSTE adds to what we know about science teaching and learning but, most importantly, serves as a catalyst for thoughtful discussion concerning the improvement of the education of teachers in science.

As such, Journal of Science Teacher Education:

  • Publishes empirical research and theoretical position statements concerning preservice and inservice education of science teachers
  • Offers ways to improve classroom teaching and learning, inservice workshops, and teacher recruitment and retention
  • Provides evidence through research of the effectiveness of teaching strategies, interventions, assessments, professional development, and other issues related to science teacher education
  • Communicates ideas, theories, research, and field-oriented information related to policy, supervision, curriculum, instruction, and assessment in science teacher education

The focus of both theoretical and empirical articles should be on science teacher education. Articles with ONLY implications for science teacher education are not appropriate.

JSTE Publisher’s website (N.B. Members: access JSTE through the member resources page under “External Resources” to access it at no charge)

Guidelines for Submission:

You do not need to be a member of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) in order to submit a manuscript. However, information and applications for membership of the ASTE can be obtained through the Join ASTE link above.

Springer uses a fully web-enabled online manuscript submission and review system. Our online manuscript submission and review system offers authors the option to track the progress of the review process of manuscripts in real time. Manuscripts should be submitted to: .

The online manuscript submission and review system for Journal of Science Teacher Education offers easy and straightforward log-in and submission procedures. This system supports a wide range of submission file formats.

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts no longer than 25 pages long (excluding cover page, a 120 word abstract, and references). The format of manuscripts must be in full compliance with format guidelines presented in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition. Manuscripts must be double-spaced with one-inch margins using 12-point font on standard 8.5 x 11” paper.

For submission in LaTeX, Springer have developed a Springer LaTeX class file, which can be downloaded from: Use of this class file is highly recommended. Do not use versions downloaded from other sites. Technical support is available at: If you are not familiar with TeX/LaTeX, the class file will be of no use to you. In that case, submit your article in a common word processor format.

NOTE: By using the online manuscript submission and review system, it is NOT necessary to submit the manuscript also in printout + disk.

In case you encounter any difficulties while submitting your manuscript on line, please get in touch with the responsible Editorial Assistant by clicking on “CONTACT US” from the tool bar.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the JSTE editors at

Manuscripts should not have been previously published nor be under consideration for publication in any other journal. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association must be followed when writing the manuscript.

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