Journal Author Guidelines

Twice each year in Summer and Winter, MSTA publishes a journal that reaches elementary, middle, and secondary classroom teachers, principals, and science educators. Why not share your ideas with your colleagues? Sometimes it's helpful to take a look at the past few publications to get an idea for style and content. You can view the Journal archive here.

Questions? Contact the editorial team at or the editor, Chris Chopp, at

Before You Begin:

Review the current journal to get an idea of the types of articles that are published. We have two sections:

1. Articles that deal with research, NGSS topics, or address a learning theory.

2. Articles that deal with classroom activities and labs. Share lab updates, favorite phenomenon, or engaging STEM Activities that your students love. 

Write clearly and concisely, organize your material logically, and use an active voice and conversational tone.

Write about your firsthand experiences or your unique area of expertise and stress classroom applicability.

You must guarantee the originality of your work. Credit any other author's ideas that you use or build on. Do not copy illustrations from textbooks. All illustrations must be copyright free.

Your manuscript length can be variable. We have published articles that range from 1-16 pages. On the title page provide each author's name, current position, mailing address, e-mail address, home and work telephone numbers and fax number.

Cite only direct sources, and use the author-date reference style in the text. Bibliographies and resource lists should be alphabetized and limited to current, readily available items. Check the accuracy of your items carefully.

Submission Checklist:

  • Author's name, current position, mailing address, phone numbers are included with article.
  • Written clearly and concisely with an introduction and conclusion.
  • Stresses classroom applicability.
  • References are complete.
  • Photos show students following appropriate rules of safety.

Article Submission:

Submit an Article

If your article has specific formatting, please mail a printed hardcopy proof of your article to the editor for formatting reference. Photographs should be submitted electronically in high-resolution format (300 dpi). Students in lab must be shown following appropriate safely guidelines and wearing proper safety attire, including splash-proof goggles. Their faces should be visible, but they should not look directly at the camera. If the photo is used, a signed model release will be required of each student pictured.

Articles for publication in the MSTA Journal are invited on a contribution basis and are subject to editorial review. Other publications are hereby granted permission to reproduce articles from the MSTA Journal provided the publication and author are properly credited and a copy of the publication is forwarded to the Association for its records. Copyrighted articles are noted, and permission to use them should be requested directly from the authors.

The MSTA Journal is published two times per year and sent to approximately 200 MSTA members. Inquires should be sent to MSTA Office, 2501 Jolly Road, Suite 110, Okemos, MI 48864. Phone (734) 973-0433. Membership information is available here.

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