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Contribution Guidelines

Scope

Chemical Education Xchange has been developed as a venue to allow for discussion, exchange of ideas and resources, and collaboration among chemistry educators. Registered users may download resources, participate in discussions, and contribute unique content. The following manuscript types may be submitted.

  • Articles providing a venue for exchanging ideas and resources valuable to the chemical education community. Topics relevant to teaching and learning chemistry at the precollege level are welcome.
  • Blogs provide an opportunity for sharing less formal ideas, suggestions and concerns. Blog posts and comments are mediated. Comments must be approved by ChemEd X admin as appropriate before becoming live for readers.
  • Demonstrations of chemical phenomena with reliable instructions that educators can emulate to engage students’ interest
  • Laboratory Experiments that have been used with students to investigate chemical phenomena as well as to develop skills with laboratory techniques, equipment, or instrumentation. Notes for instructors and descriptions of hazards should be included in order to allow educators to readily adapt the labs to their teaching objectives and local conditions.
  • Activities that explore chemistry concepts with inquiry-based methods, facilitating active learning in classrooms, labs, and informal settings. These activities do not require laboratory equipment or instrumentation. They utilize everyday items and/or manipulatives and may be done safely outside of the laboratory.
  • Conceptual and Data Based Questions like those asked on standardized tests such as the AP Exam, ACT, and SAT. 

If you would like to contribute, you must first be a registered user of JCE Chemical Education Xchange. Then, you can send a request for an invitation to contribute. If invited, you will be asked to include the information discussed below for each type of manuscript.

Manuscript Preparation Details

The elements described below may appear in any type of manuscript.

Titles should be clear and descriptive. The title should not contain trademark or institution names, or abbreviations. 

Preview Image: A small graphic is suggested that summarizes the article pictorially. This graphic appears with the title and introduction. It is also used in listings and is used to characterize the content of the manuscript.  Do not use copyrighted pictures without permission. The picture may be of equipment/materials used, a graphic created on the computer or anything that might give the reader a sense of the manuscript. You may use clipart or other free use software to create the graphic. Play it safe and if you are in doubt about using an image that you have copied from somewhere, ask and acknowledge that permission. 

Keywords: Authors should indicate at least three keywords that will allow for searching the content on the site.

Acknowledgments: Include grant and other financial support, technical assistance, colleagues’ advice, and so forth. If the manuscriopt refers to previously published material, give credit. If the original author is unknown, highlight other web sites that similar activities are already published.

References: Place any resources used in the creation of the piece in this section, including literature cited, notes, and URLs.

General ISuggestions:

  • Place tables, figures, and graphs (with titles) where they are referred to in the text.
  • Use abbreviations and acronyms sparingly and define them at their first occurrence in the text.
  • Do not use trademark symbols.
  • Whenever possible, use systematic nomenclature as recommended by IUPAC for chemical compounds and SI units.
  • Place legends for graphs within the main body of the graph.
  • Graphs containing similar information should be of similar size.
  • Include live links to associated web sites.
  • Be careful of copyright, always acknowledge any information/images you have used within the manuscript.

Live Demonstrations, Inquiry Activities, and Laboratories

ChemEd X aims to help teachers at all levels make effective use of demonstrations, activities, and laboratories by providing (a) complete, accurate instructions; (b) a list of convenient sources for all equipment and supplies; (c) brief explanations of the chemistry involved; (d) a description of how a demonstration, activity, or laboratory has proven useful in teaching; (e) all suggested safety precautions; and (f) identification of standards addressed. If the demonstration, activity, or laboratory has yet to be tested in the classroom, it is important to identify that fact and ask for comments from readers that use it. 

Instructions for Submitting Demonstrations: Submitted manuscripts should be complete such that no other information is necessary in order for a teacher to present the demonstration. Submitted demonstrations should be live. Requirements for demonstrations include the following:

  • Suggestions for use of the demonstration within the chemistry curriculum
  • Background information on the chemistry of the demonstration
  • Safety concerns
  • Expected time required
  • Standards addressed
  • List of required supplies and chemicals (reference possible sources of chemicals or supplies that might not be readily available)
  • Acknowledgments, if any

It is suggested that manuscripts include references that lead the interested reader to further information on the subject and citations to previous demonstrations, activities, and/or laboratories on the same or a closely related topic. Many excellent “new” demonstrations are derived from classics, but reference must be made to previous work.

Instructions for Submitting Inquiry Activities: Submitted manuscripts should be complete such that no other information is necessary in order for a teacher to utilize the activity in the classroom. Requirements for activities include include the following:

  • Student Activity Worksheet to be handed out to students while performing the activity, including any necessary data entry tables and questions that lead the student to draw conclusions about the activity and then to extend the information gained from the activity to new situations
  • Supporting material, including Instructor Information referencing background information on the chemistry of the activity, list of required supplies and chemicals (reference possible sources of chemicals or supplies that might not be readily available), safety concerns, expected time required for completion, what the student will observe, tips for using the activity, sample student data, and answer keys
  • Acknowledgments, if any
  • Standards addressed

It is suggested that manuscripts include references that lead the interested reader to further information on the subject and citations to previous demonstrations, activities, and/or laboratories on the same or a closely related topic. Many excellent “new” activities are derived from classics, but reference must be made to previous work.

Instructions for Submitting Laboratory Experiments: Submitted manuscripts should be complete such that no other information is necessary in order for a teacher to to use the lab with students. Requirements for laboratories include the following:

  • Student Laboratory Page(s) to be handed out to the students while performing the laboratory, including step-by-step procedures, any necessary data entry tables, and questions that lead the student to draw conclusions about the laboratory and then extend the information gained from the laboratory to new situations
  • Supporting material, including Instructor Information referencing background information on the chemistry of the activity, list of required supplies and chemicals (reference possible sources of chemicals or supplies that might not be readily available), safety concerns, expected time required for completion, what the student will observe, teaching tips, sample student data, and answer keys.
  • Acknowledgments, if any
  • Standards addressed

It is suggested that manuscripts include references that lead the interested reader to further information on the subject and citations to previous demonstrations, activities, and/or laboratories on the same or a closely related topic. Many excellent “new” laboratories are derived from classics, but reference must be made to previous work.

Articles

The ChemEd X wishes to encourage collaboration among chemistry teachers. ChemEd X provides a venue for exchanging ideas and resources valuable to the chemical education community. Topics relevant to teaching and learning chemistry are welcome. Requirements for these articles include the following:

  • Title of the manuscript
  • Preview Image
  • Keywords
  • Description of supporting information, if any
  • Standards addressed
  • Acknowledgments, if any
  • References

Blogs

ChemEd X provides an opportunity for users to blog about ideas, events, suggestions, concerns and more. If you wish to create your own blog, register an account and then use the Contribute Content form to request an invite. Registered users may also comment and collaborate with bloggers. Comments must be approved by ChemEd X admin as appropriate before going live for readers.

Only invited, registered users of Chemical Education Xchange may contribute manuscripts. If you wish to contribute to ChemEd X, please register an account and then use the Contribute Content form to request an invite.