Guidelines for Authors

We welcome authors who wish to contribute to this collection.  Here are our guiding principles:

Audience

The audience for The Outdoor Teacher is those who use the outdoors as a place for learning.  Significant members of this audience are educators at less formal educational institutions such as Nature Centers, Outdoor Education Centers, Environmental Learning Centers, etc.  A second group are teachers in more traditional classroom settings who want to get their students outside.  We welcome articles for teachers of students of all ages, Pre-K through Senior Citizens.

Topics

The current structure of our content is:

Teach Outside

    • Rationale
    • Theory

Toolbox

    • Instruction
    • Gear
    • Environment

Content

    • Science
    • Social Studies

Urban Outdoors

    • Using the Schoolyard
    • Gardens
    • Urban Safaris

Accountability

    • Teacher Researcher
    • Prior Knowledge
    • Assessment

Editorials

    • Op Ed
    • Guest Editorials

Descriptions for the intent of each section are embedded throught the site.

Article Length

Because the magazine uses  large headings and at least one graphic on the first page, the first page of an article runs about 400-500 words.  The second page, and all following pages of a regular article, can contain about 800 words each, if no graphs or tables are included.  For example, a four page article translates into a ~3,000 word document.  Our goal is to have most articles print to between two and four pages.  Please factor in the space any figures and tables are going to take.

Prior Publication Policy

All papers accepted remain copyright of the authors, but a license to publish must be granted to  The Outdoor Teacher. We do not consider for publication articles that have already been published in substantial part or in full within other journals, book or similar entity that retain copyright. Posting an article on the author’s personal website or in an institutional repository is not viewed as prior publication and such articles can therefore be submitted. It is the responsibility of authors to inform the journal at the time of submission if and where their article has been previously posted.

Media

We require at least one photo or image to accompany every article, though additional images are welcome.  We also require a photo of each author, and a short biosketch (30–100 words) describing the background and interests of the author.

Sidebars

You may include a description or additional information that provides details related to the topic under discussion, but to include this information in the main flow of the manuscript would distract or even deter some readers from completing the article.  This is a good time to think about putting these details into a “sidebar,” for the interested reader to pursue.  The sidebar is usually one-half to one full page and has a different background color.  To include a sidebar in your article, you should generally put this section at end of your manuscript, under the title “sidebar.”

Abstract, Footnotes, and References

Magazine articles do not have an abstract: they are not research papers. Footnotes are not used in the magazine: they tend to distract from the flow of the article. You should find an alternative way to express your comment other than a footnote. 

Submission Format

The Outdoor Teacher does not use a submission template.  Authors are encouraged to prepare their manuscripts using a single column format with double spacing.  This makes reading and commenting easy for the reviewers. Don’t spend too much time formatting where the figures should go.

Your manuscript can be prepared using Word, Mac Pages, or other common word-processor tools.  While you may choose to place figures in the text to give the reviewer an idea of what the final article will look like, once your article is accepted for publication, we will ask for the original figures in JPEG, TIFF, or EPS format, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi.

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More Information

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