Submission Process & Guidelines

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Rules and Guidelines

Writing and Submitting your Article:

  • Articles may be written by one author or coauthored.
  • Only one author can submit, so a primary author must be identified.
  • Include at least one visual.
  • Use the Chicago Manual of Style for references and grammar.
  • Articles should be no more than 2,000 words.
  • Indicate the range of grade levels the activity or topic is appropriate for.

Photos and Graphics:

  • At least one form of graphic is needed in an article (table, graphs, chart, illustration, or photograph).
  • Any source that is not an original creation by the author needs permission from the original source to be reproduced and a credit. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission.
  • Pictures of students require a signed release form.
  • Please hold on to release forms until the editor contacts you.
  • Graphics examples: pictures of an apparatus set up, pictures of students in action, pictures of an experiment before and after, video clips of the lesson, lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, handouts given to students, or original student work.

Please do not:

Submit ideas that are not your own, submit an article for the purpose of endorsing a commercial product, submit photos of students without release forms, submit an article that has been previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere (including term paper for school), or use grammatically incorrect punctuation or unnecessary styling to make a point.

Thanks for submitting! Now what?

You will receive a confirmation email when the manuscript has been received. After the article has been reviewed, AACT will notify you of its status: accepted, make minor edits, or rewrite and resubmit. Instructions for how to proceed will be included with that notification.

How Articles are Evaluated

All manuscripts are peer reviewed by two experienced teachers of chemistry. While reviewing, they will consider the following criteria:

  • Does the article follow a sensible order and flow well?
  • Is safety addressed, if appropriate?
  • Are interesting and novel ideas addressed?
  • Are scientific principles in the article correct?
  • Is there a good balance of author perspective and fact?
  • Are the topics in the article appropriate for the intended age group?
  • Is there something more that needs to be addressed in the article?


Files submitted to Chemistry Solutions will be used for publication in the periodical only. AACT will not sell submissions to third parties, nor will AACT use submissions for promotional or other unintended uses. If AACT sees a different fit for a submission, the author(s) will be contacted.

AACT reserves the right to decide what content is published in Chemistry Solutions. Submissions will be held for up to three years. Please do not contact AACT to inquire about the status of your submission. You will be notified when your article has been selected for an issue of Chemistry Solutions.