Manuscript Guidelines and Format Specification

Manuscript Guidelines

Articles should:

  • Describe exemplary state-of-the-art tested classroom activities or resources for K-12 Earth and Space Science educators, or updates on background science topics that are relevant to the K-12 Earth and Space Science curriculum.
  • Describe proven innovations in pedagogical approaches and classroom tools for the Earth and Space Science classroom.
  • Include original material only; references must be properly cited according to APA style manual
  • Use clean and concise writing style, spell and grammar checked
  • Demonstrate clear classroom relevance

Format Specifications

  • Use Microsoft Word (PC or Mac), Appleworks, size 10 font, single-spaced.
  • Submit manuscripts electronically.
  • Include a summary/abstract with submission.
  • Limit length of manuscript to 2000 words.
  • Include author names, school/organizations, mailing address, home and work phone numbers, and e-mail addresses.
  • Number all figures and include captions (Figure 1. XYZ).
  • Follow guidelines for photos and graphs: all photos and graphs should be of excellent quality and in jpeg format. (300 dpi minimum, high resolution)
  • Provide a signed model release for EACH recognizable individual pictured in any photo.

Manuscripts will be reviewed for relevance and accuracy. The editor will reply to the author to inform him/her if the article has been accepted as is, accepted with revisions, or declined. When the article is accepted, the editor will send the author the Copyright Transfer form. Once the signed Copyright Transfer form has been received, article revisions completed, and journal layout finalized, the author will be billed for page charges. Articles which are declined may be revised and resubmitted for future publication, if the author desires.


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Current Issue

The Summer 2015 issue of The Earth Scientist marks the change over to a digital Journal. This issue contains three articles that will hep you engage students in new and different ways, from getting them excited about the potential of geospatial technologies as a career path to reimagining how to teach about rock types to incorporating local research into water studies to make them truly dynamic. Included as well is an announcement of the annual NESTA awards which were presented in Chicago during the NSTA Annual Conference this past March.

As we move into the digital format for the Journal, we encourage you to engage with us in creating a Journal that can meet the demands of the 21st century classroom and the teachers and students that make it come alive.