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 and introductory college levels 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 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.
  • 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 user of 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. 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 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 that similar activities are already published. Cite any resources used in the creation of the manuscript, including literature cited, notes, and URLs.

General Suggestions:

  • 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

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)

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 Laboratories and Activities: Submitted manuscripts should be complete such that no other information is necessary in order for a teacher to utilize the laboratory or activity in the classroom. Requirements include include the following:

  • Student Laboratory/Activity Worksheet to be handed out to students while performing the laboratory/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 laboratory/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 laboratory/activity, sample student data, and answer keys
  • 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/activities are derived from classics, but reference must be made to previous work.

Articles

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.

Blogs: ChemEd X provides an opportunity for users to blog about ideas, events, suggestions, concerns and more, in an informal and collaborative setting. If you wish to create your own blog, register an account and then use the Contribute Content form to request an invite. 


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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.