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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The manuscript file is in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice or LaTeX format.
  • If LaTeX is used, please submit two files: a) Zipped folder containing the tex file and all dependencies; and b) a PDF output of the manuscript.
  • You are prepared to enter ORCIDs, email addresses and affiliations for all authors on the article as well as search keywords.
  • High Resolution images have been uploaded as separate files
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Ensure you have uploaded an anonymised version of your manuscript (author names and institutions removed), and upload it as a separate file
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines (see below)
  • Ensure that you have selected the required authors (it can be multiple) to be Primary Contacts, so that they all recieve notifications.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Preparation

Below follows a description on what to consider when preparing and submitting a AER manuscripts for AEJ. Should you want to submit a astronomy education and practicve manuscript, you should consult the instructions at the end.

Content Guidelines for AER manuscripts

Readability and Accessibility:
Take special care to ensure that manuscripts are well organized, clearly written in scientific English, and written in a style consistent with that of other scientific and educational journals, such as Physical Review Physics Eduactioan Review, Science Education, Science, or Nature. It is not possible for editors to undertake extensive corrections of manuscripts, due to time constraints and the risk that the authors’ meaning might be distorted. If your first language is not English, you must consider seeking help from a native English speaker when writing your manuscript or have it edited by an academic translation service. 
To eliminate grammatical errors, misspellings, and omission of symbols, we strongly recommend you to carefully proofread your manuscript before submission.

The manuscript text should be directed at a general readership audience, so as to make it understandable to a broad spectrum of researchers. We strongly recommend avoiding jargon and the excessive use of acronyms, even for commonly used terms. If jargon and acronyms are necessary, please define them in the text the first time they are used.

To enhance readability, use the provided templates and display all but the simplest equations, rather than including them as inline text. Format figures and tables such that their content and details are readable when they are sized for the journal page.

General Content:
Clearly state the relation of the submitted manuscript to previously published peer-reviewed work, including papers, meeting abstracts, and conference proceedings. 

AEJ has no word limits but encourages authors to write short and concise, using a clear language.

Manuscript Format:

The final version of the manuscript will be uploaded by Astronomy Education Journal staff as a standard LaTeX format.  We appreciate that some authors are expert in LaTeX while other authors have never even heard of the acronym. Hence, we accept both Word and LaTeX submissions. If you are comfortable with LaTeX, please use the provided tempate. You can also submit in Word, using this template

The template can be uploaded as a zip file into Overleaf if you have access. If you are more comfortable with Word, this is also acceptable. While images can be embedded into the Word or LaTex document, the highest resolution versions should also be included separately. If you are using LaTeX, please upload a pdf of your article as well as the source files.

Please note that AEJ uses APA-like referencing.

If in further doubt email:

Articles must adequately reference the academic and practitioner literature to place the article in context.



If the editor requires revision following the first round of reviews. You will need to log into the AEJ journal system, and select the article in your submissions page. To intiate the second review stage you will need to: 

  1. Upload the new file in the revisions section. To upload a new file click on ‘Upload file.’ A new window will open allowing you to upload your file(s). Select the appropriate option from the dropdown menu
  2. Once the revised files have uploaded, ensure that you see the correct files under revision.
  3. Add a discussion by clicking on the "Add discussion" link, to the right of "Review Discussions". This will notify the editor that you have re-submitted. If you receive an error in this step, please send an email to, notifying the editor that you have resubmitted.

The peer review process will be repeated, and you will likely receive additional revisions to make. Once these are completed and accepted, you will then be moved to the next stage.


Review Process and Status Updates

Once you have submitted your manuscript, you can log in to the AEJ website and see at which stage your manuscript is situated. This will be visible by clicking on the Review link or tab. Some of common status updates:

A Review is Overdue: This means that your manuscript has been sent for review but the reviewers have not replied as yet. 

New Reviews have been submitted and are being considered by the Editor: This means that we have received the reviews and the editor will do a final check before making a final decision.

Awaiting response from reviewers: This means that the reviewers have been notified of the manuscript and have yet to reply. They are still within the deadline limit set by the editor.

Astronomy Education Research

A peer-reviewed section that will be incorporated into the journals’ scholarly indices which are the “Best Practice”, “Review” and “Research & Applications” sections. These will be formally peer-reviewed as traditional journal articles and, as such, need to be of a sufficient scholarly standard.

Astronomy Education and Practice

 Edited and curated section that contains other relevant material, such as “News”, “Announcement”, “Interview”, “Opinion”, “Resources”, “Correspondence” and “Column”

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