Writing for Publication

This section provides resources for explaining your work or science and math education reform in education journals and newsletters, school publications, letters or op-ed pieces in community or national periodicals.

Click on the following issues related to writing for publication to see links and bibliographical references to resources that address those issues.

ISSUE: How do I get started?

ISSUE: What special formats should I pay attention to?

ISSUE: What do the various publications want (or not want)?

ISSUE: How can I avoid plagiarizing if I’m writing about a common topic?

ISSUE: Where can I find people to mentor or provide advice on writing?

ISSUE: How do publications judge submissions? How do they judge credibility, for example?

ISSUE: How do I find time for writing?

ISSUE: What are the copyright implications of publishing?

Read an interview with Hector Ibarra, a secondary science Presidential Awardee.
Read an interview with Susan Eddins, a secondary mathematics Presidential Awardee.

ISSUE: How do I get started?

Writing for Teachers
Sheree Rensel

Advice to teachers about the practice of writing for educational purposes. Includes information on writers block, starter statements, and writing for publication.

Right from the Start
National Science Teachers Association.

Tips to prospective authors from NSTA journal editors. The focus is on the essential parts of an article and the steps you can take to promote a smooth publication process.

Writing for Publication: A Practical Guide for Educators
Mary Renck Jalongo, 2002

This guide helps you publish on topics such as classroom experience, conference presentations, or research projects. Included are strategies, examples, recommended resources, and advice from experts. Available from most major booksellers.

Teachers Writing for Publication: Tips from a Teacher, Author, and Editor
Louann Reid, April, 2008

The former editor of NCTE's English Journal provides tips for writing professional articles, a list of appropriate journals accepting professional writing, examples of "calls for manuscripts," and an inside look at the manuscript review process.

How to Write an OpEd and Letter to the Editor
National School Boards Assocation

Gatting Started: Writing for NCTM
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Write Successfully for Educational Journals
Sheila Gaquin, Suite101 Contributor


ISSUE: What special formats should I pay attention to?

Writing OpEd Articles
Ross E. Koning, Plant Physiology Web site, 1994

A writing teacher’s comments to students on their op-ed articles.

How to Write a Letter to the Editor
Assessment Reform Network. FairTest

Suggestions which can help in writing the kind of letter that's most likely to receive favorable consideration on the editorial desk.


ISSUE: What do the various publications want (or not want)?

Submission Information for Mathematics Teacher
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Links to the guidelines for writing for Mathematics Teacher journal and writing tips.

Article Submission Guidelines, American Educator
American Federation of Teachers

AFT is interested in articles on a wide range of topics, including new trends in education, politics, well-researched news features on current problems in education, education law, professional ethics, and thoughtful or thought-provoking essays that explore current social issues relevant to American society.

Write for NSTA Member Journals
Journal of College Science Teaching
Science Scope
The Science Teacher
Science and Children

These are guidelines for writing for in a number of NSTA journals.

Educational Leadership: Guidelines for Writers
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

What ASCD looks for and tips for preparing your manuscript.

Phi Delta Kappan

Phi Delta Kappa is an international association for professional educators. They publish Kappan 10 times a year, September through June. Guidelines for submission are on their Web site. In addition, the Center for Professional Development & Services at Phi Delta Kappa International welcomes proposals for original publications (books, CD-ROMs, and other media) that help education professionals do their work better. Guidelines for submitting proposals are also on their Web site.

New Horizons for Learning

New Horizons for Learning is an international network of people, programs, and products dedicated to successful, innovative learning. They publish an online Quarterly Journal. Submissions are welcome and should be sent to: building@newhorizons.org

Young Children Submission Guidelines

This Web site provides documents that describe the National Association of Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) reading audience, the kinds of projects NAEYC might be interested in publishing, and what you can expect if your project is accepted for publication. They include instructions for potential authors about how to prepare and submit a proposal letter and writing sample for formal review. Writing style, documentation (citations, references, notes), and formatting, and instances where NAEYC house style varies from The Chicago Manual of Style, are all included. These documents also cover how to prepare your finished manuscript for editing and production, submit artwork and photography, and obtain permissions, as well as explaining the various stages in the publications process.

The Reading Teacher and the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy

The Reading Teacher and the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy welcome manuscript submissions for peer review. International Reading Association’s peer review standard is “double blind”: authors and reviewers are not revealed to each other. This Web site allows you to familiarize yourself with the journals prior to submitting your article, and ensures that your work is relevant to the intended audience of the publication.


Heinemann is a publisher of professional resources and a provider of educational services for teachers, kindergarten through college. Heinemann is constantly on the lookout for new voices and visions, and welcomes proposals from published authors as well as previously unpublished authors. This Web site provides answers to some frequently asked questions, guidelines for submitting proposals, author guidelines, and a list of its online resources.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Guidelines for writing for NCTM's school journals.

Learning Forward: The Professional Learning Association

Learning Forward is devoted to advancing professional learning for student success.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative Submission Guidelines
Teachers & Writers Magazine

Teachers & Writers Magazine, the winner of ten Awards for Excellence from the Association of Educational Publishers covers contemporary issues and innovations in creative writing education, and engages writers, educators, and students in a conversation on the nature of creativity and the imagination.

Submission Guildeines for Commentary Writers
Education Week

Childhood Education Submission Guidelines
Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)


ISSUE: How can I avoid plagiarizing if I’m writing about a common topic?

Avoiding Plagiarism
The Writing Place, Northwestern University, 2003

A guide for avoiding plagiarism that includes information about what it is, tips for avoiding accidental plagiarism, and examples of acceptable paraphrasing.

Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism
Penn Online Research Tutorial, University of Pennsylvania

Four tips for avoiding plagiarism.

Quoting and Paraphrasing Sources
The Writing Center. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tips on avoiding plagiarism and explanation of common knowledge.


ISSUE: Where can I find people to mentor or provide advice on writing?

Writing Tips for Teachers—Part 2
Joy Jones, TeacherView.com, May 2003

This article provides teachers advice on the writing process, particularly with joining a writing group to support writing and finding ways to get your writing published.

The Buddy System
Carol Sjostrom Miller, Writing-World.com, 2003

This article gives advice for finding and using a writing buddy.

How a Writing Mentor Can Help You
Julie Rayl, Absolute Write

This article explains what a writing mentor is, how they can help a writer, and how to go about finding one.

Groups and Associations for Writers
Lois J. Peterson, PoeWar.com

This page offers an extensive list of writing groups in the U.S. and abroad.

The CWPA Mentoring Project
Council of Writing Program Administrators

CWPA is a national assocation of writing professionasl with interests in developing and directing writing programs. We advocate and help members advocate for effective writing programs.



ISSUE: How do publications judge submissions? How do they judge credibility, for example?

What Is a Peer Reviewed/Refereed Article?
University of North Florida Library User Guide

This is a description of refereed articles and the blind review process used by some journals.

What Is the Anatomy of a Good Review?
National Council of Teacher of Mathematics

A description of the review process for referees of NCTM’s Mathematics Teacher and a sample of a helpful and less helpful review or an article.


ISSUE: How do I find time for writing?

Writing Tips for Teachers
Joy Jones, TeacherView.com, April 2003

This article helps teachers get started in the writing process, particularly with finding the time to write.

Find Time to Write
Bob Brooke Communications

This is a list of 20 tips for reorganizing your time so that you can get more writing into the time you have.

Finding Time to Write
Moira Allen, Writing-World.com, 2001

This is an extensive article to help you find ways to make time work for you instead of against you when it comes to writing.



ISSUE: What are the copyright implications of publishing?

NCTM Copyright Policies
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

See the “Author’s Use” section for information about reprinting an article you have written for an NCTM publication.

Basic Copyright Concepts For Writers
Claire E. White, Writers Write

This article is an extensive guide explaining copyright issues for writers.

Rights and Permissions
National Science Teachers Assocation

This page describes authors rights when submitting articles to the NSTA.


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