Getting Your Geoscience Education Research Published

This section of the Toolbox provides GER community members with a summary of key expectations and strategies when publishing in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Discipline-Based Educational Research (DBER). These are suggestions are meant to guide and support publication, not provide a primer on learning theories or research methodologies.

Publishing SoTL vs DBER

What is the difference between SoTL and DBER? The distinction helps us to conceptualize and communicate our GER. While there can be a continuum or overlap between the two areas, understanding the differences is important for writing, reviewing, and publishing geoscience education research.

How and Where to Publish Geoscience Education Work

Here you can find advice on what to take into account when determining how and where to publish a GER study.

Additional Resources

  • A 2015 workshop on Getting Published hosts a powerpoint presentation on getting published, as well as several recommended readings that give advice on writing manuscripts for journal submission and on writing reviews of submitted manuscripts.
  • Kristen St. John , Dan Dickerson & Karen S. McNeal (2013) Guide to Aspiring Authors, Journal of Geoscience Education, 61:3, 253-255


Special thanks to Caitlin Callahan, Scott Clark, Kyle Gray, Bruce Herbert, and Hannah Scherer who were part of a working group that helped develop this section of the toolbox.

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