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Call for Papers

Connected Science Learning


Write for Our Informal Science Journal

The editors of Connected Science Learning (CSL) encourage you to submit a manuscript on any topic related to bridging in-school and out-of-school STEM learning.


Submit Your Manuscript

Please read our manuscript guidelines before submitting your manuscript. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically; once online, follow the steps for New Author Registration.


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.


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.

Editorial Questions

Beth Murphy
Connected Science Learning, Field Editor

Submission Process Questions

Katherine Roberts
Connected Science Learning, Managing Editor


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.

Letter to the Editor

Letters should be submitted in a timely manner and focus directly on an issue or topic addressed in a recent issue of CSL. Limit letters to 300 words. Submissions will be reviewed by the journal’s editorial team and, if published, authors of any referenced CSL articles will have the chance to respond.

Evaluation Insights

Sarah Dunifon, founder and principal evaluator at Improved Insights, will share relevant and practical information to help make evaluation part of every STEM learning experience.

Guest Editorial

Invited papers only.



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