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Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST) Information

The Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST) is the official journal of the NARST, a worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research. JRST seeks to publish the highest quality articles that advance the understanding of science teaching and learning and are likely to have a significant impact on the field of science education and science education policy. JRST welcomes manuscripts from authors around the world, and accepts work from a full range of theoretical frameworks and research methodologies.

The target population of JRST is science education researchers and practitioners. With a circulation of approximately 2,500, JRST has been ranked as one of the one of the premier research journals in science education according to studies published by Ward, Holland, and Schramm (American Educational Research Journal) and Guba and Clark (Educational Researcher) for the American Educational Research Association.

JRST (ISSN: 0022-4308) is published monthly, except June and July, one volume of ten issues per year, by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA.

The Journal can be accessed online at

Types of Manuscripts

You may submit a variety of materials for publication in JRST, provided they are not currently under consideration by other journals. Manuscripts can assume (but are not limited to) the following forms.

Articles. Many types of scholarly manuscripts about science teaching and learning are within JRST's domain, including, but not limited to: investigations employing experimental, qualitative, ethnographic, historical, survey, philosophical, or case study research approaches; position papers; policy perspectives; and critical reviews of the literature. JRST typically accepts articles up to 20 (single spaced) pages including tables and figures (but excluding online supplementary materials). JRST will consider the publication of longer manuscripts describing groundbreaking research.

Articles are expected to reflect the best scholarly practice relevant to the study design. It is expected that you establish the importance of the study for science teaching and learning with reference to previous literature (including relevant articles from the JRST), provide a link between the problem and the study design, establish and justify the guiding theoretical framework and report the study methodology clearly and concisely. Data should be clearly presented, claims supported by evidence, with findings and implications that are clearly presented and advance the field.

Comments and Criticism. These should contain expressions of opinion or information relating to articles published previously or to matters of interest to science educators. This section of JRST will be the forum where the readers may express any reasonable view on a matter relevant to science teaching and learning. Submissions for Comments and Criticism should not typically exceed 1000 words (including references). An abstract is not required. All other instructions for submitting a manuscript apply and should be followed accordingly.

Research Briefs. JRST will consider for publication research briefs that provide timely and valuable information to the science education and education policy communities. Research briefs will undergo an expedited review process. Briefs should not typically exceed 1000 words (including references) and should provide clear and compelling summary of research findings that advance the field.

Submission Instructions & Resources for Authors

Submission guidelines and support materials for authors are available at


The JRST editorial office is happy to assist with technical issues, questions about submissions, or other correspondence concerning submissions related to editorial decisions and review. The editorial team also welcomes author feedback. The editorial office may be contacted at:

Journal of Research in Science Teaching

Drs. Angela Calabrese Barton and Joseph Krajcik, Editors
326 Erickson Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Telephone: (517) 432-4862
Facsimile: (517) 432-2795

E-mail: (email correspondence is preferred and will receive the most prompt treatment)

Questions specifically relating to reprints, copyright permission and the online Journal should be addressed to the publisher:

Attention: Kevin Jeanette
Wiley-Blackwell Periodicals, Inc.
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030.
Telephone: 201-748-7760


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