Virginia Association of Science Teachers


Teachers-to-be, educators of all levels, school administrators, and informal science educators are invited to submit papers to be considered for publication in the Journal of Virginia Science Education (JVSE)JVSE is a peer-reviewed professional journal produced by the Virginia Association of Science Teachers. JVSE is supported by the co-editors and an editorial review board.

The principal criterion for manuscript acceptance is that it strengthens the teaching and learning of science.

We are currently accepting manuscripts for publication in our Summer or Winter of 2023 issues, which will focus on the themes described below; however, manuscripts that do not address these themes are also welcome!

  • Summer Issue: submissions due March 1, published July 1
Rising to a new vision for science education: Implementing the 2018 SOLs – Much of the rollout of the new 2018 Science SOLs has occurred since the COVID-19 Pandemic. Despite that, science teachers and educators across the Commonwealth have made great strides in engaging students in authentic science learning. For this issue, we invite submissions of innovative lessons/activities well-suited to the new SOLs, including the focus on science and engineering practices; research on the translation and/or implementation of the new SOLs; ways to address challenges that may arise when transitioning from the old SOLs to the new ones.
  •  Winter Issue: submissions due July 31, published December 15
Science for our current times: Connecting science to issues in the public sphere and students’ curiosities and questions – Our current pandemic-shaped science classrooms are tasked with addressing multi-faceted science questions that arise in the public sphere and within our classrooms from students’ curiosities and questions. How do we as science teachers and science education researchers address the nuance and complexity of these issues and questions. For this issue, we invite submissions of innovative lessons/activities that address community science concerns and/or students’ pressing questions about science phenomenon; research on connections between school science and the public’s perceptions of science and/or understandings of nature of science; and ways to address challenges that may arise when addressing pressing, relevant science ideas (e.g., COVID/pandemic, climate science, environmental justice, etc.) in our science classrooms (PK through post-secondary).

    JVSE accepts three types of manuscripts:

    1.      Lesson Activity – Lesson activities fully describe a unique lesson in enough detail that other educators can implement it in their own classroom.

    2.      Research Articles– Research manuscripts describe a research project including research questions, methods, results, and implications. Outcomes should inform best practices and be of value to educators and/or administrators in science education.

    3.      Sharing Solutions- Sharing solutions describe a challenge/issue in science education and a solution to the posed challenge. Manuscripts may consider broad issues such as facilitating reforms-based science instruction (e.g. inquiry), classroom management, and overcoming barriers to classroom integration of best practices in science education.

    Complete descriptions of each of these article types and additional author guidelines can be found here

    Authors should review the submission guidelines and review criteria  before submitting manuscripts to increase the likelihood of publication in JVSE. Along with the article, the author must submit an Author Submission Form.

    Author Submission Guidelines

    Article Review Criteria
    Author Submission Form

    We have developed article planning templates to assist potential authors in developing their articles:
    Lesson Activity
    Research Article
    Sharing Solutions

    Current Issue

    Vol. 15, No. 1, Summer 2022


    Reviewers Needed!

    ALL VAST members (e.g., in-service teachers, pre-service teachers, university faculty, informal educators, administrators) are invited to volunteer to review submitted manuscripts.  This opportunity is a service you can include on your resume and is a great way to get ideas for your own publications. If you are willing to review 1-2 articles per year please email Dr. Angela Webb at

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