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FAQs | Natural Sciences Education


Q: What types of articles are published in NSE?

A: Manuscripts published in NSE must be original reports. They may not have been published previously or simultaneously submitted to another scientific or technical journal. The journal accepts reports of original studies pertaining to concepts of K-12, resident, undergraduate, graduate, extension, and industrial education. Reviews or digests of a comprehensive and well-defined scope are acceptable.

Q: Is NSE peer reviewed?

A: Yes, NSE is a peer-reviewed journal.

Q: Who publishes NSE and who are the cooperators in publishing it?

A: NSE was established by the American Society of Agronomy in 1972. Journal Cooperators include: Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, American Association for Agricultural Education, American Institute of Biological Sciences, American Phytopathological Society, American Society of Animal Science, American Society for Horticultural Science, American Society of Plant Biologists, Crop Science Society of America, Ecological Society of America, Entomological Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.

Q: How do I submit an article to NSE?

A: Submit your manuscript electronically via our online submission and review system, Manuscript Central. Be sure to create your article after referring to our Style Manual and Instructions to Authors

Q: What other titles has this journal been know as, besides Natural Sciences Education?

A: From 1972 to 1991 the title was Journal of Agronomic Education. From 1992 to 2012 the title was Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, to reflect a widening in scope. Starting in 2013 the title is Natural Sciences Education, which reflects the growing submissions from a wide range of scientists interested in the discipline of natural sciences, natural resources, and agriculture.

Q: How long does it take NSE to review a manuscript and make a decision regarding publication?

A: The average time from submission to first review is averaging about 28 days. Days from submission to final decision is averaging about 78 days.

Q: If my article is accepted in NSE, are there any page charges or publication fees?

A: No publication charge. An author has the option of paying an $800 fee, to make the article open access (freely available without subscription) at the time of publication on the website.

Q: Does NSE publish color figures?

A: Yes, at no extra charge.

Q: After my article is published will I receive reprints?

A: Authors may order printed reprints (paper) or electronic reprints (CD or flash drive). Example: the price is $50 for 100 four-page reprints.

Q: How do I subscribe to NSE? How much does it cost?

A: You can subscribe by emailing our subscription department. The cost is based on membership to ASA, CSSA, SSSA, or any of the cooperating societies. 2015 prices are: Members, $40 per year. Digital Library subscriptions for Members, $89 per year. Libraries and Institutions, request a quote.

Q: How many issues of NSE are published each year?

A: The journal is published online continuously, one issue per year. This means that articles are posted online as they are accepted and processed. Subscribers have access to the electronic version throughout the year.

Q: What is the email alert for NSE and how does it work?

A: You can sign up for email alerts on the home page of NSE (click on “Email Alerts” under “Journal Links”).

Q: I want to use a figure from NSE in another publication. How do I obtain permission to do this?

A: If you are seeking permission to reprint a portion of any ASA–CSSA–SSSA journal article (text, table, figure), click on the left-hand link “Copyright.”

Q: May I use part of an article (text or table/figure) published from another source in an article submitted to NSE?

A: Yes. However, it is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission or a release from the publisher of that material. The source of the material should also be acknowledged in the article. It is also the author's responsibility to pay any charges made by the publisher of the material.

Q: May I post an article submitted to NSE on a website prior to publication?

A: No. Posting of articles which are submitted to any Society publication on websites before acceptance and publication may be considered prior publication. After publication, authors may give the article title and abstract with a link to the journal home page. It is against copyright laws to post the entire article on another website.

Q: What is the average acceptance rate for NSE?

A: The average acceptance rate is currently at about 61%.

Q: What indexing services include NSE in their databases?

A: According to our most recent records, here is the list of indexing services that include NSE: Abstracts Journal, Agricola, Biosis, ISI Current Contents, CAB International, Environment Abstracts, Education Abstracts, Education Index, Biological and Agricultural Index.

Q: Where can I find more information?

A: You can find additional information at the Instructions to Authors page. Or you can contact the Managing Editor.