Author Guidelines

Type of Paper

International Journal of Research in STEM Education (IJRSE) opens for original research papers, conceptual papers, articles reviews and editorial article with following explanation:

  • Research paper.  This takes in author research, including the construction or development or testing of a model or research framework, data and hypothesis testing, market research, surveys, empirical research, and action research. Typically ranges from 4,000 to 7,000 words.
  • Systematic Review. This study involves formulating a hypothesis grounded in sufficient data and/or literature, attained through comparing prior studies authored by others. Usually between 6,000 to 10,000 words.
  • Article reviews. Through this study, the author focuses on developing study topics and exploring different perspectives from other authors. This study is intended to annotate, review, and/or criticize the literature on a particular knowledge domain. Bibliography/papers selection focusing on selected topic keywords needs to be done to narrow down studies using structured or unstructured literature. Generally around 2,000 to 5,000 words.
  • Editorial Article. This paper is intended for editors and section editors who submit to the journal. Typically about 3,000 to 4,000 words.

An author should choose the type of paper while submit in the Open Journal System


Manuscript Preparation (Research Paper)

  •  Formatting

Manuscripts must be submitted online in MS-Word format using English language. All pages should be 1.5 spaced, Cambria font is prefereble at size 10.5 (including references) with 2.75 cm margins on all sides, and must be between 4000-7000 words in length, including references, tables, and appendices. Your manuscript should be included in a single file. 

The submitted manuscript should encompass two documents:

  1. Title Page: Title, Author Name, ORCID iDs from each author, Author Affiliation, Abstract and Keywords, Acknowledgments (optional), Author Contributions, Conflicts of Interest. Please use this Title Page template 
  2. Blind Manuscript: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Literature Review, Research Method, Findings and Discussion, Conclusions, Limitations and Further Research, and References. Please use this Blind Manuscript template, or CLICK HERE

The title page and blind manuscript template can be accessed by clicking the Article Template.  Menu in the sidebar.

  • Manuscript Detail

The author should write the manuscript with the following template arrangement:


The article title normally has maximum of 15 words. The title should be concise and informative. Author name and affiliation mark with superscript numbering 1,2, etc. following the different author affiliations.


Abstract should tell the prospective reader what you did and highlight the key findings. Avoid using technical jargon and uncommon abbreviations. The abstract should not exceed 250 words. This page should not contain any indication of the identification of the author(s). 


Keywords are the labels of manuscript and are critical to correct indexing and searching. Therefore, the keywords should represent the content and highlight the article. Use only those firmly established abbreviations in the field.


Authors should provide an adequate background and could be a brief literature review to contextualize the research, particularly for research articles. This review should highlight existing solutions/methods, identify limitations in previous studies, and outline the objectives of the current work in addressing these limitations. Emphasis should be placed on the scientific merit or novelty of the paper. Subsequently, the authors should clearly state the study's objectives at the end of the introduction section. If the nature of the field demands it, authors may incorporate literature directly into the introduction without creating a separate sub-heading for the literature review.

Literature Review

The literature review serves as the theoretical core of an article and is considered an integral part of scholarly work. It entails revisiting previous research on a specific topic and provides the theoretical basis for the study. As mentioned previously, authors have the option to integrate the literature review into the introduction section of a research paper, as accepted by IJRSE. A quality literature review goes beyond summarizing prior relevant research; it necessitates the researcher to critically assess, reorganize, and synthesize existing literature to provide insights and context for the current study.

Research Method

Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. A reference should indicate published methods; only relevant modifications should be described. It's important to note that the inclusion of a research method section is not mandatory for Editorial Articles. Additionally, the bibliography/paper selection should be presented as a flowchart or flow diagram for article reviews.

Findings and Discussion

The results should summarize (scientific) findings. It's crucial to note that including findings is mandatory only for research articles. This section should also highlight differences between your results or findings and those of previous publications by other researchers.


Conclusions should answer the objectives of the research. It tells how the work advances the field from the present state of knowledge.

Limitation and Further Research

The limitations of the study are those characteristics of design or methodology that impacted or influenced the interpretation of the findings from the research. Further research should suggest the number of gaps in our knowledge that follow from the findings or extend and further test the research.

Acknowledgement (optional)

This section is used to express gratitude to certain parties or institutions, through supporting grants or cooperation.

Tables and Figures

For tables, they are sequentially numbered with the table title and number above the table. Tables should be numbered consecutively in the text, with a note inserted to indicate placement. Tables should be centered in the column or on the page. The table should be borders at the bottom, top, and inside horizontal. The table caption should be centered at the top of the table. 

The author can add relevant figures or graphs supporting your studies. The figure/graphs caption should be centered at the bottom of the figure/graph. The figure/graph should be clear, in professional quality, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, and saved as JPG to avoid miss layout. Each should have a caption, and the lettering should be legible after size reduction. Figure/Graph must also be submitted in separate files on the OJS system with high resolution.


Footnotes should not be used except for additional information. Endnotes should be kept to a minimum and indicated by superscript Arabic numbers in the text. They should be double-spaced and not include displayed formulae or tables.


The citations and references must use Reference Manager Applications like EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, etc, using APA style. All publications cited in the text should be included as a list of references. Every reference cited in the text must be in the reference list (and vice versa). Ensure that the manuscript provides comprehensive references (at least 30 articles, 80% from reputable journals). All article references must be included DOI using following style: 

Barney J (1991) Firm resources and sustained competitive advantage. Journal of Management 17(1): 99–120. 

Jones P, et al. (2017) Let’s get physical: Stories of entrepreneurial activity from sports coaches/instructors. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation 18(4): 219–230. 

Müller-Bloch C, Kranz J. (2015) A framework for rigorously identifying research gaps in qualitative literature reviews. In: Thirty Sixth International Conference on Information Systems, Fort Worth. Available at: (accessed 24 June 2018).

Saunders, M., Lewis, P., & Thornhill, A. (2003). Research methods for business students. Essex: Prentice Hall: Financial Times.


Appendices should be lettered to distinguish them from numbered tables and figures in the text. Each appendix should include a descriptive title.


Manuscript Submission

International Journal of Research in STEM Education (IJRSE) is hosted on the OJS system, a web-based online submission and peer review system driven by Public Knowledge Project. Log in and submit your manuscript

Before you log in, please check again whether you have previously registered on the IJRSE Journal. If so, your account has been registered, and you can continue submitting using a registered account.

  • ORCID iDs

The inclusion of ORCID iDs is currently part of the submission in this journal as a form of commitment to the realization of ethical, fair, and transparent publications. ORCID has a unique and persistent digital identifier to distinguish authors even though they have the same name. This is an attempt to automatically link the authors with their work to be better recognized. Ensure all authors are linked to an ORCID iD via the OJS system. The ORCID iDs will be entered into the system repository and included in the published manuscript metadata. Thus, readers will easily access your ORCID iDs profile link and become a promotional medium in introducing your activities and other works.

If you do not already have an ORCID iD, you can register here: and learn more about ORCID here: 

  • Information Required for Submission

Please ensure the author and affiliation details in the metadata through the OJS system are the same as the manuscripts title page. For a peer-reviewed manuscript, the instructions for ensuring a blind review must be followed. Please do not put the author(s) name and institution(s) into the manuscript. Any inquiries should be directed to

  • Permissions

Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not own the copyright, to be used in both print and electronic media, and for ensuring that appropriate acknowledgment is included in their manuscript. The journal accepts a manuscript on the understanding that its content is original and has not been accepted for publication or review elsewhere. Once accepted for publication, the copyright resides with the author. Authors are also responsible for online acknowledgment of the statement of ethical contributions to the International Journal of Research in STEM Education (IJRSE).