Writing for the OAPT Newsletter

The OAPT Newsletter is published as an e-newsletter. The newsletter shares various physics education news including lesson and demonstration ideas, good news items, sharing of resources and experiences relating to physics education and informational items about upcoming events.

We encourage you to write an article and share it! Submit your articles to our editor!
This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It's that easy, and that hard.
Neil Gaiman

Style Guidelines

The rules of APA Style offer sound guidance for writing with simplicity, power, and concision. APA Style has been adapted by many disciplines and is used by writers around the world. If you require more information please visit: http://www.apastyle.org.

Technical Requirements

As our articles will be initially published on our website, they will be formatted as single-column HTML documents with inline responsive images and videos. In practical terms, this means that you do not need to worry about formatting your article: please leave the technical details of formatting to us!

Text Files

You can submit your article as a Word document (Word 2013 or previous) or simply as text in the body of an email. You can embed media (pictures and videos) in the file if you like, but please attach them as separate files as well.

Media Files

With the innovation of Retina displays, and enormous monitors, the days of shrinking pictures to appear on the web are over. Please provide pictures and videos in the largest size possible. Our server software will automatically scale them to the best size for a reader's screen, whether they are using a giant monitor or a tiny iPhone.

Links and Embedded Videos

If you are embedding links to other web sites, please include the URL after the link, like this (URL here). If you are embedding a YouTube video, please provide the embed link on a separate line, using the options for no player controls and enabling privacy.

Legal Requirements

To make certain we can legally publish your work, please ensure your work is your own, or is properly cited. Plagiarism includes pictures as well as intellectual ideas; all photographs must be used with permission. Photographs with students must have corresponding media releases. All illustrations must either be your own work or images that you have the right to reproduce (such as public domain or creative commons licenses). When using creative commons images, include enough information that we can correctly attribute and license them. (See the sidebar on this page for an example.)

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your article submission deadlines?

As we have no publication deadlines, articles are continuously received. Once edited and formatted by volunteers, they are published; it may take several weeks to edit your article and prepare it for publication — especially around busy times of the year, such as exams. However, we believe the final product is worth the wait!
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