THE EARTH SCIENTIST—AUTHOR INFORMATION


Information for Authors of Articles in The Earth Scientist

NESTA encourages articles for our full-color quarterly journal, The Earth Scientist (TES), that provide exemplary state-of-the-art tested classroom activities & resources focused on K-12 ESS educators. NESTA also welcomes articles describing proven innovations in pedagogical approaches for ESS classroom, as well as updates on in-depth science content relevant to K-12 ESS curriculum

TES is published quarterly. Articles submitted by the deadline for each issue will be considered for publication for upcoming issues. NESTA also accepts a limited number of advertisements in TES 

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Manuscript Guidelines    Format Specifications    Page Charge Policy    Copyright transfer   Photograph Guidelines

Manuscripts will be reviewed for relevance/accuracy. Editor will reply to author to inform him/her if the article has been accepted, accepted with revisions, or declined. When the article is accepted, the editor will send the author the Copyright Transfer form; Once received, article revisions completed & journal layout finalized, the author will be billed for page charges

Authors have option choosing to make articles freely available to everyone through payment of Open Access fee. With Open Access, article will be made available to public on the  NESTA website. The author may also post the formatted & published article, in PDF form, on their own website, on other third-party website article repositories & circulate their article via electronic means such as email. NESTA retains copyright of the article with Open Access & permission from NESTA must be obtained for uses other than those outlined in the copyright agreement. Authors interested in providing Open Access to articles should contact NESTA to make arrangements

Articles declined may be revised/resubmitted for future publication, if author desiresinter Issue – September 15 January 1

SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR ARTICLES

    Submission Dates   Mailing Date
            • Spring Issue – December 15   March 1
            • Summer Issue – March 15 June 1
            • Fall Issue – June 15 September 1
            • Winter Issue – September 15 January 1

MANUSCRIPT GUIDELINES AND FORMAT SPECIFICATION

Manuscript Guidelines

Articles should:

        • Describe exemplary state-of-the-art tested classroom activities or resources for K-12 Earth and Space Science educators, or updates on background science topics that are relevant to the K-12 Earth and Space Science curriculum.
        • Describe proven innovations in pedagogical approaches and classroom tools for the Earth and Space Science classroom.
        • Include original material only; references must be properly cited according to APA style manual
        • Use clean and concise writing style, spell and grammar checked
        • Demonstrate clear classroom relevance

Format Specifications

        • Use Microsoft Word (PC or Mac), size 10 font, single-spaced.
        • Submit manuscripts electronically.
        • Include a summary/abstract with submission.
        • Limit length of manuscript to 2000 words.
        • Include author names, school/organizations, mailing address, home and work phone numbers, and e-mail addresses.
        • Number all figures and include captions (Figure 1. XYZ).
        • Follow guidelines for photos and graphs: all photos and graphs should be of excellent quality and in jpeg format. (300 dpi minimum, high resolution)
        • Provide a signed model release for EACH recognizable individual pictured in any photo.

Manuscripts will be reviewed for relevance and accuracy. The editor will reply to the author to inform him/her if the article has been accepted as is, accepted with revisions, or declined. When the article is accepted, the editor will send the author the Copyright Transfer form. Once the signed Copyright Transfer form has been received, article revisions completed, and journal layout finalized, the author will be billed for page charges. Articles which are declined may be revised and resubmitted for future publication, if the author desires.


PAGE CHARGES FOR ARTICLES IN THE EARTH SCIENTIST

NESTA requests payment of page charges at the rate of $100/page from authors who have institutional, program, or grant support to help defer the costs of publication of the journal. The Earth Scientist is a full-color journal, and there is no additional charge for color images. Authors without support are strongly urged to assist in defraying costs of publication to the extent their resources permit, but payment of page charges is not required from such authors. NESTA understands that some authors may not have funding for page charges, and does not wish to discourage submission from these authors. Payment of page charges has no bearing on the decision to accept or reject a manuscript. Following acceptance of a manuscript, NESTA will contact the author regarding payment for page charges

COPYRIGHT TRANSFER PROCESS

Authors publishing in The Earth Scientist are required to transfer copyright for their articles to NESTA. The information below provides additional detail about our copyright requirements. Authors will be sent a copyright form to complete once their articles have been accepted for publication.

INFORMATION CONCERNING COPYRIGHT

NESTA recognizes the need of authors to have a say in how their works are used. Authors still retain all rights other than copyright, the right to present the material orally, the right to reproduce figures, tables, and extracts properly cited, and the right to deny commercial use by others. Authors may also reproduce their work for educational purposes, providing that they give proper credit to its publication by NESTA (journal name, issue, pages, and date), and include a statement that NESTA holds the copyright.

Public Domain

Work prepared by U.S. Government employees in their official capacities is not subject to copyright in the United States. Such authors may place their papers in the public domain, which means that it may be freely copied, republished, and redistributed. In order for the work to be placed in the public domain, all authors must be official U.S. Government employees.

Works Prepared by Both Privately Employed Persons and Official U.S. Government Employees

If authorship includes both U.S. Government and privately employed individuals, we require at least one privately employed author to transfer copyright to NESTA. This kind provides ultimate protection and broad dissemination of the work.

Works Supported by U.S. Government Grants or Contracts

Authors who are publishing works supported by a U.S. Government grant or contract are asked to transfer copyright to NESTA. This enables broader dissemination of the work while recognizing the U.S. Government's prior license to use the work for noncommercial purposes.

Copyright Permission for Reprinted/Modified Figures/Tables

If any of the figures/tables in the article are reprinted or modified from another source (this includes any that were redrawn but are basically unaltered or have only slight modifications), NESTA requires proof that the copyright holder(s) has granted permission to use them before the article can be published. If the original copyright holder has given blanket permission for reuse with credit, a copy of the published permission statement is sufficient. If the material is in the public domain, please provide confirmation of this. Material originally published in NESTA publications does not require copyright permission as long as proper credit is given.

Photographs

By submitting an article for publication in The Earth Scientist and signing the copyright transfer form once the article has been accepted, the author transfers copyright to any included images to NESTA. If any recognizable individuals are shown in photographs (including students, teachers, parents, or any other individuals), a signed model release form must be obtained from them and forwarded to NESTA to complete the paper submission process.

Open Access to Articles in The Earth Scientist

NESTA offers authors of articles in The Earth Scientist the opportunity to make their articles openly available to everyone, irrespective of membership in NESTA. With Open Access, the article will be made available to anyone on the NESTA website. The author may also post the formatted and published article, in PDF form, on their own website, on other third-party website article repositories, and circulate their article via electronic means such as email. NESTA retains copyright of the article with Open Access, and permission from NESTA must be obtained for uses other than those outlined in the copyright agreement.

The NESTA Board of Directors recently passed an important change in our policies to sponsor Open Access. If the author pays the $100 per page "page charges," the article will receive Open Access status.

The option to choose to provide Open Access to your article will be made available once your article has been accepted for publication. Author's decisions regarding providing Open Access to their article and payment of page charges is not considered in NESTA's decisions to publish an article. Authors interested in providing Open Access to their articles should to discuss arrangements and ask questions.

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