Reviews of Peer-Reviewed Journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences

We give you the scuttlebutt on academic journals—aiding you in selecting the right journal for publication—in reviews that are sometimes snarky, sometimes lengthy, always helpful. Written by Princeton University graduate students and Wendy Laura Belcher.

International Journal of Science Education (A)

For those interested in publishing articles on science education from early childhood to university, with a focus on applying research to practice in various educational settings.

International Journal of Science Education (IJSE) appears in two series: A and B. This review concerns IJSE(A), which publishes scholarly papers that “focus on the teaching and learning of science in school settings ranging from early childhood to university education,” and which “bridge the gap between research and practice, providing information, ideas and opinion.” (By contrast, ISJE[B] publishes scholarly papers that focus on matters of communication and public engagement with regard to science and technology.) As the journal’s title indicates, ISJE(A) focuses specifically on science education. However, the editors will also consider manuscripts that discuss “the integration of science education with other disciplines, in particular, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) or, geography, social sciences and the arts.”

Contributors to ISJE(A) can choose between several different article categories, each of which is outlined on the journal’s website. Categories include empirical research papers, position papers, theoretical papers, and short (i.e., 2,000-word) essays of commentary or criticism. As this range of submission categories suggests, ISJE(A) is amenable to research across a variety of empirical, analytical, and theoretical modes, making it welcoming to many different junior as well as senior researchers. Additionally, to ensure that the journal is truly international in its scope, the editors place no geographical limits on the research country of origin. Thus, in the last five years the journal has published many papers examining globe issues across particular geographic contexts (for example: gender differences in access to STEM education in India and Poland). Given the journal’s international reach, authors should demonstrate the relevance of their particular research and research context(s) to a more global audience.

Review: September 2021

Word count: 8,500 words or fewer, inclusive of references

Issues per year: Eighteen

Current volume number: 43

Articles per year: Around 162 (9 articles per issue)

Citation style: APA

Abstract length (if required): 250 words or fewer

Upcoming special issues (if available): See “News & Calls for Papers” page on the journal website

Relevant editors: Jan van Driel and Gail Jones (editors-in-chief); Valarie Akerson, Sarah Carrier, Justin Dillon, Sibel Erduran, Hans Fischer, Ron Blonder, David Treagust, and Chin-Chung Tsai (editors)

Open access? Authors have the option to pay to make their articles freely available

Online? Yes

Submission method: Online

Submission fee: None

Bibliography (articles in the journal consulted for this review)

Ferguson, R.L., & Trombetta, A. (2021). Urban high school students’ perceptions of race, gender, and benefits from participating in a STEMM pipeline programme: A sociocultural case study. International Journal of Science Education. DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2021.1959957

Guo, S., Liu, E., & Liu, C. (2021). Development and validation of an instrument to assess Chinese upper-level elementary students’ attitudes towards science. International Journal of Science Education. DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2021.1963879
Wan, Z.H., So, W.M.W., & Hu, W. (2021). Necessary or sufficient? The impacts of epistemic beliefs on STEM creativity and the mediation of intellectual risk-taking. International Journal of Science Education, 43(5), 672–692. DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2021.1877368

About Wendy Belcher

Associate Professor, Princeton University, Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for African American Studies. Author of Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. Instructor of Deep Reading Journals as Publishing Praxis.


This entry was posted on September 17, 2022 in Education Journals, Social Science Journals.