Author Guideline

Article Type

  • News: We accept news from all over the world that occurred in the past 2-3 weeks before it is to be published. News will be checked for the authenticity and will be published immediately without further peer review and also without any publication charges. The words are limited for News to 100-200 each with no more than three authors (reporters). No references are allowed. Photos or pictures are welcomed and encouraged.
  • Editorial: This belongs to the editors with specific comments or thoughts when they reviewed the manuscript and it will be published accompanying to the original paper. No peer review is required. The words limitation for Editorial is at least 500 with no more than five authors. It should include a plain summary with 50-100 words. No limitation on the number of references, figures and tables.
  • Essay: Essay is an important part of the literatures. If you have some special thoughts and considerations on the science and education, you can write them down. This is a different format that differs to the Opinion below; Essay generally belongs to the author’s personal point of view on the general science and education, but not for a specific professional question. Tell us your point of view with this kind of Essay, and we will present your point to the world. We required the Essay be written with at least 300 words including a plain summary with 50-100 words. No limitation on the number of references, figures and tables.
  • PoemScience Insights Education is not only for the regular publications of education, but also for the aesthetics and rhythm of our surroundings. If you are interested in this form of literary art, write it and publish it. Let education show more enjoyable elements. No limitation on the count of words for Poem with maximum of 3 authors. No peer review is needed for Poem.
  • Journal Club: Journal Club means a group of individuals who meet regularly to critically evaluate recent articles in educational literatures. In general, Journal Club is written by students including undergraduates and postgraduates, and postdoctoral fellows. Science Insights Education welcomes Journal Club that criticizes any kinds of papers published in any internationally-circulated English-edited journals in the past three months before it is to be published. Do not forget citing the article you criticized in your Journal Club submission. In-house review will be given, but the send-out peer review is not required. A maximum of 10 authors can be listed. A plain summary with 50-100 words is required. The words limitation on the text is at least 500. No limitation on the number of references, figures and tables.
  • Letters to Editor: A huge number of papers are published every day. If you have some different ideas or personal points on one paper, you can write us with a letter and describe your thoughts clearly. We will take into consideration of it for publication without peer-review process. No matter the paper comes from which journal, you can letter us only if it was published in the past three months before it is to be accepted for publication. The Letters will be forwarded to the original authors for responses. Please remember citing the original paper in your Letters. A total of 7 authors are the maximum for the Letters. The words limitation on the text is at least 200. No limitation on the number of references, figures and tables. No publication fee is required.
  • Commentary: Comments on others’ publication means you have different or similar thoughts on the same topic. You need give an in-depth analysis with robust evidence upon your points. An in-house assessment will be given. Please citing the paper you are commenting on. You can write a comment on any papers published in any internationally-circulated English-edited journals in the past three months. A plain summary with 50-100 words is required. The text should be at least 1,000 words with a minimum of 10 references. Figures and tables are welcomed.
  • Perspectives: This is a specific type of paper written with foreseeing style. It gives readers an overall impression with impressive in-depth presentation. It generally inspires new ideas or even novel thoughts. Sometimes it raises new questions with the potential to change the world. Even if you think it is strange for others, but it may be just the thing, the very thing we wanted. Merely the in-house review will be given for this type of paper. A plain summary with 100-200 words is required. No limitation on the count of words in the text, and on the number of references, figures and tables.
  • Opinion: This is not the same as the Perspectives, Opinion means you speak out your thoughts on the bases of currently available evidence. But sometimes, you do not need provide solid evidence, but just show you opinion to everything – science, education, society, politics, economy and future etc. if you have some special opinions, please write us Opinion with at least 300 words accompanied with a round 50-100 words plain summary. It will be reviewed by our in-house editors. No limitation on the references, figures and tables.
  • Picture StationScience Insights Education publishes pictures considered as the important snapshots of the science or education. If you are a drawing-lover, you can draw pencil sketches and cartoons for the Journal to reflect the contents of science or education. A descriptive caption and a detailed legend with a minimum of 100 words are required. Author information should be provided in detail with a short-paragraph introduction.
  • Feature of Life: We every day have different life experience, and also have different stories. If you think yours are associated with education, you can tell us, and we will tell them to the world. Feature of Life is special column for Science Insights Education, from which we highlight our everyday life with marks of education. Also, if you are a story-lover, you can write us yours and even others you think it is interesting enough for the world. A total of 3,000 words you can use, and 5 authors can be listed. Photos and pictures are welcomed.
  • Abstract or Meeting Abstracts: We encourage authors report their findings via presenting them in a short format -- abstract. Meanwhile, Science Insights Education accepts meeting abstracts submission. A total of 400 words are allowed for each abstract, and a maximal of 5 graphics and tables, and 10 references can be accompanied. No limitation there on the author number. All submitted abstracts should be structured as Background, Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion.
  • Educator On-Spot: We tell the world your stories if you are an educator. Write us no matter you are working for kids, or youths, or college students, or adult students. Please provide a picture of the educator you introduced. No limitation there on the word count.
  • Hypothesis: If you have new idea, but you cannot test it due to the limitations of time, efforts and finances, so you can write us Hypothesis. Tell us the background, why you think it is essential, the hypothesis, how to test it, and what methods you think are needed when testing it. One hypothesis should be focused on just one topic. A paragraph summary with 100-200 words is required. The Hypothesis will be reviewed by the in-house editors only. No limitation on the count of words in the text, and on the number of references, figures and tables.
  • Review: In this so-called information times, we face billions of information every second. We need try our best to figure out the useful but rule out the useless. Yes, Review can help us save time in this process. If you are expertise in your field or you are familiar with what you are doing, you can collect corresponding information and write us Review. Review paper can be mini, comprehensive and systematic. Meta-analysis is also included in this type of paper. The three-stage review will work on this type of paper. A paragraph summary with 150-350 words is required. No limitation on the count of words in the text, and on the number of references, figures and tables.
  • Mini-Reports: This is the novel type of our publication introduced to provide a rapid and efficient communication among researchers or educators. You don't need write too many words for this kind of manuscript. The minimal requirement for the text words is 300 usually composed of three paragraphs - one for introduction, one for methods and results, and one for discussion. Two figures and two tables are permitted for mini-reports. No limitation on the references. Oops, do not forget the summary with at least 100 words.
  • Reports: You can report your findings without subtitles; just describe it with one kind of formation from the beginning to the end. This is the good thing for some people, but not yet for others. If you are good at writing descriptive papers, you can use this formation as your data presenter. It will be assessed by our three-stage review system. A paragraph summary with 100-200 words is required. No limitation on the count of words in the text, and on the number of references, figures and tables.
  • Short Communication: If you do not have too much data, you can write us the Short Communication, in which the paper is divided into five major parts: introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion and references. This type of paper will be assessed by our three-stage review system. The abstract should be structured into: objective, methods, results and conclusions. The words limitation for the abstract is no more than 250. A total of 5,000 words for the text is the maximum (not including the references). The total number of the figures and tables for Short Communication is 10. No limitation on the number of references.
  • Article: Unlike the Short Communication, Article is defined with over 5,000 words for the text (not including the references). The body of the Article is composed of five parts: introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion and references. Article will be assessed by the three-stage review system. The abstract should be structured into: background, objective, methods, results and conclusions. The words limitation for the abstract is 200-350. No limitation on the number of references, figures and tables.
  • Book Review: We publish Book Review for authors or publisher to spread the contents of the book contains. A minimum of 100 words are needed for the overall introduction of the book. Authors’ information, publisher, publication year and prices if have.
  • Cover – SIE: In general, Science Insights Education chooses her cover for each issue from the would-be publications, but we also accept submissions for the Cover-SI. If you are interested in, please submit us the cover arts with some 50 words legend. Your name, affiliation and email will be shown accompanying to the Cover-SI. No publication fee is required.
  • Research Protocol: If you have some research protocols that still did not start to being conducted, you can submit them to us. That is a novel publication format that Science Insigths Education now is accepting for be published. No limitations on words, figures and tables, etc.
  • Erratum: We try the best to reduce the errors when publishing papers, but it is still unavoidable. So the Erratum is set for the purpose of correction. If your publications in Science Insights Education were found any errors, please contact the editorial office with email. It is our responsibility for publishing your work with the most precise manner. No publication fee is required.


Please write your text in American English. Authors who require information about language editing and copyediting services pre- and post-submission please visit

Use of language

Authors should note that they are writing for an international audience. National colloquialisms and idiomatic use of language should be avoided to the extent possible. Word choices and sentence constructions that might imply bias against persons on the basis of gender, racial or ethnic group membership, disability, sexual orientation, or age should be avoided.


Science Insights Education is devoted to original inquiries in education, to the evaluation and synthesis of educational scholarship, and to scholarly commentary on educational practice. SIE seeks (i) to bridge and integrate the intellectual, methodological, and substantive diversity of educational scholarship and (ii) to encourage a vigorous dialogue between educational scholars and practitioners across a full spectrum of education—from early childhood to adult education—including matters of policy and governance and of the management and conduct of schools, colleges, and universities.

Therefore, Science Insights Education is hospitable to scholarly writing on a variety of educational topics, from differing conceptual, methodological, and substantive approaches. Four kinds of papers are especially encouraged: (i) research reports addressing important topics and issues; (ii) scholarly writing of other kinds—for example, theoretical statements and philosophical arguments; (iii) critical syntheses of a field of educational inquiry; and (iv) integrations of educational scholarship, policy, and practice.

Manuscripts will be reviewed for the significance of the problem, the originality of the contribution, the cogency of the method and argument, and the crispness and clarity of prose.


Please adhere to the requirements below when submitting a new or revised manuscript via online Submission System.

Acceptable Formats

  • Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)(any recent version)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)

File Contents

Word documents should be submitted as a single file. Authors should submit figures as separate files, in TIFF (.tif) or EPS (.eps) (not GIF [.gif] or JPEG [.jpg]) format.

Please note that authors of accepted manuscripts may be required to submit high-resolution hard copies of all figures during production, as not all digital art files are usable.

In addition to the main manuscript file, submit your cover letter as a separate file in the same format as your main file. If you used any revision or editorial tracking tools in your word-processing program, be sure the final version of your manuscript does not contain tracked changes.

Revised and Final Versions of Manuscripts

If you are submitting a revised manuscript, please include your responses to the reviewers' comments as part of the cover letter file. When submitting a revised manuscript with figures, include all figures, even if they have not changed since the previous version. The final version of your manuscript must be submitted in Word (doc.) or Rich Text (.rtf) format, because your keystrokes will be used in publication; a PDF does not contain usable character data and is thus not adequate. For both revised and final versions of manuscripts, please observe the same formatting instructions outlined above.


Anonymity of Authors

The editors review all submissions, and those deemed appropriate for SIE are sent anonymously to reviewers. The editors rely heavily on reviewers' judgments, although the editors are not bound by them. Strong efforts are made to ensure prompt decisions about acceptance. To protect anonymity, only the title should appear on the manuscript. A separate cover page should carry the title, author's name, and author's affiliation. All identifying references and notes should be separated from other references and notes. Citations in text to these references should be to "Identifying Reference" and the publication date.

Length Limit

Papers submitted to SIE should be at least 1,000 words, not including footnotes, references, tables, and figures. No upper limitation there on the word count.

Manuscript Acceptance Policy

Manuscripts are accepted for publication subject to copyediting. Manuscript submission indicates the author's commitment to publish in SIE and to give SIE first publication rights. No paper known to be under consideration by another journal will be reviewed.

Preparation of Copy

  • Type all copy double spaced—including indented matter, footnotes, and references—and allow generous margins at top, bottom, and sides of page.
  • Footnotes are to be used only for substantive observations. Number footnotes consecutively, and place them on a separate page titled "Notes."
  • Include an abstract (150-350 words) summarizing the paper's chief contribution.

Tables and Figures

Each table should be typed double spaced on a separate page and referred to in numerical order in the text. Do not use vertical lines within the table. Place footnotes at the bottom of the table; indicate footnotes with lowercase letters. For further information about the preparation of tables, see the Guidelines for Tables.

Figures should be submitted as high-quality computer graphics. For further information about the preparation of figures, see the Guidelines for Artwork.


Citations in Text

All sources listed in the reference list must be cited at appropriate points in the text by the author's last name, publication year, and pagination where appropriate, as indicated. When author's name is in text: Rader (1975). When author's name is not in text: (Wills 1976). When citing pagination (for a quote): (Bell 1967, 62). With dual authorship, give both names; for three or more, use "et al." For institutional authorship, identify from the beginning of the complete citation: (U.S. Bureau of the Census 1963, 117). When more than one reference to an author was published in one year, distinguish them by use of letters (a, b) attached to the publication year: (1956a). Enclose a series of references (in alphabetical order) within one pair of parentheses, separated by semicolons: (Bowles and Gintis 1976; Coleman 1973a; Kaiser 1964).

Reference Format

List all items alphabetically by author and, within author, by publication year on a separate page titled "References." Examples of common references follow:

  • Books and chapters in books

Bowles S, Herbert G. Schooling in Capitalist America. New York: Basic Books. 1976.

Dorsey J, ed. On Mencken. New York: Knopf. 1980.

Kaiser E. The Literature of Harlem. In Harlem: A Community in Transition, J. H. Clarke. New York: Citadel. 1964.

  • Journals and periodicals

Coleman JS. Loss of power. Am Sociol Rev, 1973a; 38: 1-17.

Karp S. Is all black and all male right? Z Mag, June 1991.

Smith C. The right and wrong way to teach. New York Times, March 8, 2011.

  • Dissertation

Trent JW. The development of intellectual disposition within catholic colleges. PhD diss., University of California, Berkeley. 1964.

  • Various others (including internet sites)

Farber D. Content analysis of teaching materials. Working Paper 35, College of Education, University of Michigan. 1998.

Franklin Q. Food: Its effect on student performance. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, April 22, 1983.

Hall S. Inkster Schools Face State Takeover. Detroit News, April 10, 2002.

Radclife H. Literacy and sandwiches: Significant correlation?" Unpublished manuscript, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. 1981.


Please have the following items readily available before beginning the online submission process:

  • Manuscript in an acceptable format as described above
  • Cover letter as a separate file
  • Information from title page (to be typed into the peer review database): title, short title, list of authors and affiliations, and contact information for the corresponding author
  • Abstract of the manuscript (to be copied and pasted into a field in the online Submission System)


Science Insights Education is an open access journal that makes the accepted paper freely available online immediately upon publication (“open access”). No extra fee is needed.


The correct abbreviation for abstracting and indexing purposes is Sci Insights Edu.