Contribution Guidelines


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. Some types are peer reviewed. Note that comments are mediated and must be approved by ChemEd X admin as appropriate before publication.

  • Articles provide a venue for exchanging ideas and resources valuable to the chemical education community. Topics relevant to teaching and learning chemistry at the precollege and introductory college levels are welcome. Minimum of four paragraphs. Include references for information used. Peer reviewed.
  • Blogs provide an opportunity for sharing less formal ideas, suggestions and concerns. Blog posts are mediated, but not peer reviewed. Generally at least a minimum of three paragraphs are required to develop an idea.
  • Demonstrations of chemical phenomena with reliable instructions that educators can emulate to engage students’ interest. Peer reviewed.
  • Laboratory Experiments that have been used with students to investigate chemical phenomena as well as to develop skills with laboratory techniques, equipment, or instrumentation. Peer reviewed. 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. Peer reviewed.
  • Conceptual and Data Based Assessment Questions to assess conceptual understanding and skills along with basic content.
  • Events of interest to chemical educators at the international, national, state or local level, including webinars, meetings, workshops, conferences, etc.
  • Picks of articles, videos, software and other resources of interest to chemistry instructors.
  • Polls to solicit information from other chemical educators on a variety of topics.

If you would like to contribute, you must first be a registered member of Chemical Education Xchange. Then, you can send a request for an invitation to contribute. Use the Manuscript Template (a Word version to edit) as an outline for your contribution. If invited, you will be asked to include the information discussed below for each type of manuscript.

A NOTE about Safety: ChemEd X expects that safety issues will be addressed by authors. When including a video, all persons on the video should wear safety goggles, lab aprons or coats and gloves when using chemicals.

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. ChemEd X photo release forms (Photo Release for Minor Child and Photo Release for Adult Subject) must be signed and submitted to admin when posting photographs of people.

Keywords: Authors should indicate keywords that will allow for categorizing and searching the content on the site.

Acknowledgments: Include grant and other financial support, technical assistance, colleagues’ advice, and so forth. If the manuscript refers to previously published material, give credit. If the original author is unknown, highlight other web sites where similar activities are already published. Cite any resources used in the creation of the manuscript, including literature cited, notes, and URLs.

General Suggestions:

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Obtain signed ChemEd X photo release forms if using photographs of people. Photo Release for Minor Child & Photo Release for Adult Subject
  • 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.

Embedding Video: If you wish to embed a YouTube video, see the instructions.

Minor Child Photo Release Form: 

Adult Photo Release Form: 

Manuscript Template: pdf, Word

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.