Journal of Science Education in Japan


Auther Guidelines

Notes to contributors

1. Contributions must be written by a member of the Japan Society for Science Education as first author, and should deal with issues of science education, or education using a science or engineering approach. An article submitted must not previously have been published, or be under consideration for publication elsewhere, either in the submitted form or in a modified version.

2. Contributions can be either of the following: Research Articles, Practical Articles, Educational Issues, Research Data, and Notes. Research Articles are original research articles with a theoretical or empirical perspective. Practical Articles are articles dealing with original or effective classroom research in practice, teaching materials and aids, development of educational systems, case studies, etc. Educational Issues are articles and reports providing an overview of new approaches, policy matters, and new research trends etc. in science education. Research Data are articles reporting on significant survey or research results in summary form, providing useful data. Notes are comments and suggestions for science education.

3. Manuscripts should not exceed the number of printed Journal pages, inclusive of illustrations, given below (a page of running text in the Journal consists of 43 lines, with 650 words).

Type of article        Number of pages                Type of article        Number of pages
Research Article     8 pages max.*                    Research Data       8 pages max.*

Educational Issue   8 pages max.*                    Notes                    2 pages max.*

*Pages in excess of the above will be printed at the author's expense.

4. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the "Instructions for Manuscript Preparation". Contributors should enter the required information on the application form for new contributions on the homepage for Society members, and upload the article files (article file for printing, article file for review, file for illustrations and photos etc.).

5. When the article has reached the editorial board and the formalities for receiving the article have been concluded, a notification of receipt will be emailed to the author.

6. After a peer review process, the editorial board will decide whether an article is accepted for publication.

7. After the completion of the review process, a Notification of Acceptance will be sent in the event that an article has been accepted for publication, a Notification of Non-acceptance for those that are not, and a Notification Requesting Revision for articles that were judged to require another review in revised form. If an article that requires revision is not received by the Secretariat within two months from the date of Notification, it will be treated as withdrawn, except for cases where special permission has been granted. Revision can be requested twice; the third review will then decide upon Acceptance or Non-acceptance.

8. For manuscripts accepted for publication, the author will receive notification of the issue of the Journal for which publication is envisaged, and at a later date, proofs will be sent to the author for correction, Author proofreading will take place once only.

9. Authors are obliged to purchase 50 offprints. Orders for additional offprints should be made at the time of submitting the proofs. The price for offprints is listed in the back of each issue.

10. Authors wishing to take issue with the result of the review process may do so by writing to the editorial board.

11. Manuscripts cannot be submitted for publication elsewhere, unless they are not accepted or withdrawn.

12. Copyright of printed articles is assigned to the Japan Society for Science Education, in accordance with the Copyright Stipulations Regarding Works Edited by the Society.

13. Enquiries regarding contributions should be directed to the Society's secretariat as listed below. Secretariat [Editor's Office], Japan Society for Science Education, (in) Nakanishi Printing Co., Ltd., Ogawa Higashi-iru, Shimodachiuri, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, 602-8048, Japan. TEL: 075-441-3155 FAX: 075-417-2050. URL: These regulations apply from 10 January 1995 (revised on 24 June 1995, 15 May 1999, 18 September 2004, 1 October 2007, and 20 June 2009).


Criteria for Review and Decision (from Oct. 1, 2007)




Research Article

Educational Issues

Research Data


Consistency of research content and title of paperThe title of the paper is consistent with the content. ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Originality and usefulnessThe paper displays originality and usefulness or reliability. ✓ ✓ ✓
Background and positioningThe background and positioning are described clearly and concretely. ✓ ✓ ✓
Appropriateness of problem-settingThe problem and objective being examined are within the purview of research by the JSSE. ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Description of problem and objectivesThe problem, research questions, objectives, etc. are defined clearly and concretely. ✓ ✓ ✓
Appropriateness of procedure, methodology, and their descriptionsAn appropriate procedure and methodology are used. ✓
The procedure and methodology are described clearly and concretely. ✓ ✓ ✓
Description of results and conclusionsThe facts and information which formed the evidences for conclusions and assertions are presented. ✓ ✓
The results are presented and described properly. ✓ ✓
The conclusions and assertions are described clearly. ✓ ✓
Correspondence between problem/objectives and conclusions/assertionsThe discussion, conclusions, assertions, etc. are described properly corresponding to the defined problem and objectives. ✓ ✓
The significance of the reference material is argued in conformity with the defined problem and objectives. ✓
Theoretical coherenceThe paper contains no logical contradictions or leaps. ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
The grounds correspond to facts and opinions, and assertions and its evidences in all cases. ✓ ✓
Literature and citation informationAll literature. which should be cited is cited. ✓ ✓
Citation information is presented in the proper form. ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Consideration for non-specialist readersThe description is understandable, to a certain extent, to JSSE members who are not specialists in the field concerned. ✓ ✓