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CSL Call for Contributions

The editors of Connected Science Learning encourage you to submit a manuscript on any topic related to bridging in-school and out-of-school STEM learning. Although each issue is organized around a theme, your manuscript does not have to be related to a specific theme and can be of general interest to the journal's audience. In order to be considered for publication, manuscripts must adhere to the journal's submission guidelines. Connected Science Learning also features a number of columns that may be a good fit for your manuscript. Upcoming themes and column descriptions are found below.

Volume 4, Issue 2: (Re)connecting the STEM Learning Ecosystem: Lessons From the Pandemic

To be published March to April 2022
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2021

The pandemic has required us to connect in new ways, including how we engage in learning. Some have argued that we should not seek a ‘return to normal’ but rather a ‘hard reset.’ What have we learned through the pandemic? What should be regained, continued, or left behind? What will STEM learning look like in a post-pandemic world? 

Submission ideas include connected STEM learning efforts that explore one or more of the following questions: 

  • In what lasting ways have roles and responsibilities for supporting STEM learning shifted during the pandemic?
  • How have specific communities been differentially impacted in regard to STEM learning opportunities during the pandemic and why? What have we learned from this that can help us build greater equity moving forward? 
  • What can STEM educators learn from stories of resilience, empowerment, and transformation during the pandemic? 
  • What resources (programs, sectors, ways of knowing, people, structures, etc.) can support recovery from the pandemic and increase equity and health of the STEM learning ecosystem long-term?
  • Many traditionally in-person, on-site learning experiences have pivoted to online learning during the pandemic. What are the successes, lessons learned, limitations, and challenges that will inform the future?
  • How has the pandemic shaped our understanding of the importance of and our commitment to fostering science learning for everyone? 
  • What have we learned about designing learning experiences (virtual, blended, etc.) and leveraging learning opportunities during the pandemic? How has learning changed in these new contexts? 
  • How do we restore connections between people and spaces as well as establish new ones that foster equitable engagement in STEM learning?

Volume 4, Issue 3: Preparing and Supporting STEM Educators in Informal and Formal Settings

To be published May to June 2022
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2021

Our worldview of what STEM education means, how it is delivered, and where it takes place has changed. How can we prepare the next generation of STEM educators in formal and informal settings to lead in interconnected ways that ensure all learners thrive? How can we support the professional growth of STEM educators in both in- and out-of-school settings and throughout all stages of their careers (e.g., preservice, mid-career, senior leadership)?

Possible areas of focus for submissions include:

  • Transdisciplinary STEM learning, blurring of disciplinary boundaries, and fostering a culture of convergence
  • Integration of formal-informal teaching and learning practices (e.g., project-based and place-based approaches, intergenerational learning)
  • Creating effective formal-informal institutional partnerships for professional learning
  • Models and paradigms that work in both formal and informal professional learning
  • Adapting professional learning approaches for virtual and in-person settings 
  • Professional learning to sustain institutional knowledge and expertise through staff turnover and transition 

Volume 4, Issue 4: STEM Engagement: The Power of Families and Communities 

To be published July to August 2022
Submission Deadline: February 15, 2022

Traditionally, STEM learning has been relegated to work in schools and other educational institutions, primarily focusing on children and the role of educators in this process. However, the diverse network of significant adults in a young person’s world—parents and other family members, guardians and caregivers, friends, neighbors, local scientists and engineers, role models and mentors, and others—play an important role in supporting STEM access, opportunity, participation, and learning. Family members and other adults can engage in a variety of ways; for example: as facilitators, collaborators, contributors, advisors, and learners. 

Submissions for this issue theme will focus on one or more of the following: 

  • How STEM education providers build authentic and purposeful connections with family and community members
  • What the formal and informal sectors can learn from each other regarding fostering relationships with family and community, and what both sectors can learn from youth and their networks of significant adults
  • Ways to capitalize on the STEM assets and funds of knowledge within families and communities
  • Successful models for collaboration, especially with communities that have historically been marginalized or overlooked by STEM education institutions and programs
  • The goals that families and communities have for STEM education and how they can participate in achieving these goals
  • Indicators of success for family and community engagement in STEM learning, and how we might measure them 
Word Limit

Suggested length for feature articles is 2,000 to 4,000 words, excluding references and media/supplemental material. See separate details below regarding the word limit associated with departments in the journal.

Media Components Highly Encouraged

Being an online journal, Connected Science Learning allows for all types of media to be embedded into the articles and departments. We will give preference to articles that have such supplemental material, including videos, podcasts, links to PowerPoints and websites, and other technologies.

Ongoing Connected Science Learning Departments

Connected Science Learning publishes both full-length articles (approximately 2,000-4,000 words) and Briefs (approximately 500 words). Word counts are exclusive of references, figure captions, and other media/supplemental materials. Full-length articles are published under one of the departments listed below or in a more general Feature department. 

Research to Practice, Practice to Research

Articles in this department foster a research-to-practice cycle that better connects practitioners to the growing research and knowledge base about STEM learning, and researchers to the world and needs of practitioners.

Emerging Connections

Articles in this department describe new, innovative connections between out-of-school STEM programs and preK–12 classrooms that have the potential to spread beyond the initial context, such as radio and television programs that become integral elements of classroom instruction.

Diversity and Equity

Articles in this department highlight connected STEM learning efforts that are effective at increasing participation and interest in STEM by underserved groups (e.g., minorities, low socioeconomic populations, rural communities, English language learners, special needs, and talented/gifted students). Compelling articles will include documentation of success.

The Engaged Scientist

Articles in this department highlight scientists, engineers, and other science-based professionals’ efforts to enhance connected STEM learning that engages preK–16 youth in in-school and out-of-school learning experiences.


These are short (suggested length is 500 words) items that highlight the lessons learned, curriculum considerations, or research results related to the readers of the journal, or are short descriptions of resources (e.g., publications, videos, websites) of use to professionals interested in connecting in-school and out-of-school STEM learning.

Click here to get submission guidelines, including how to create, prepare, and submit your contributions.

The editorial staff thanks you for considering Connected Science Learning as a venue for your ideas. We look forward to your contribution.

Editorial questions should go to:

Beth Murphy
Connected Science Learning, Field Editor

Submission process questions should go to:

Katherine Roberts
Connected Science Learning, Project Editor

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