Guidelines for authors

Chem13 News is an informal magazine published for high school chemistry teachers by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo.

We depend on our readers for much of the material we publish. We believe that teachers working in the classroom know what works well and can be helpful to other teachers through our magazine. And so we encourage high school teachers to submit articles.

Please email Chem 13 News ( to submit an article, and feel free to make suggestions or run ideas by us.

We request that authors whose native language is English submit their articles in reasonably good, clear English.

We encourage readers whose native language is not English to submit articles in English. We will gladly improve, edit and polish your article if it is useful to teachers.

In terms of content, our guidelines for your article are these:

  1. It should be of interest to a high school chemistry teacher.
  2. Therefore, it should be on one of these themes:
    1. something directly useful in an introductory chemistry course - an experiment, a teaching tip, demonstration, cartoon, etc.
    2. useful background information on a particular topic.
    3. something teachers can give to their better students as background for a special, advanced project.
    4. a puzzle or game related to chemistry.
    5. a chemical cartoon, pun or other humourous item.
  3. We suggest a maximum length of one magazine page (900 words) or less, as a rough guideline. Often it may need to be longer, but remember that it is more likely to be read if it does not ramble on and on.
  4. Graphs and diagrams should preferably be in ready-to-use form, but we are prepared to improve them if this does not require major work. We can easily draw chemical structures. 

We normally do not send articles out for review. If we feel unsure about a particular article, either as to its appropriateness or its chemistry, we check with our editorial board members (who include several high school chemistry teachers), or with our colleagues here at the University of Waterloo.

We welcome your letters and comments but reserves the right to condense and edit them to fit into the magazine. Please share your views with Chem 13 News readers and be part of an active community of chemical teachers and educators.