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UniServe Science News
Notes to Contributors

UniServe Science News is published three times per year (March, July, and November).


The readership includes science teaching academics from the areas of Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Physical Sciences. Items in the newsletter are generally one to two pages long so that a number of issues can be covered in each newsletter. The newsletter is distributed to all tertiary science teaching departments in Australia and is also available from the UniServe Science WWW site.


Articles should be about two pages long, about 900 words with an image if possible. If the article is about a teaching resource then a screen shot is desirable to give readers an impression of the product. Usually in each newsletter there is at least one article of general interest to teachers of undergraduate science. Areas covered in this general article have included topics such as: formative evaluation; alternatives to 'wet labs'; and improving student writing skills. Other more subject-specific articles have discussed resources available over the Internet, new major resources available for teaching (usually Australian-developed), and implementation of new technologies in teaching.


Reviews of software should be about one page (about 450 words) and where possible include an image (such as a screen shot). Ideally the reviewer will have used the material in their teaching, but this is not always possible. The review should outline what the product aims to teach, if it achieves the aims, and whether it would be worth implementing in teaching. As a general rule only favourable reviews are published in the newsletter - all reviews go into the UniServe Science database (searchable over the Web).

Teaching Development Reports

Teaching Development reports are usually detailed descriptions of major projects being carried out by science academics to enhance the teaching and learning experience. The aim of these reports is to inform readers of the outcomes and progress of such projects in order to share the knowledge and experiences gained through undertaking the projects.

Conference Reports

Conference reports should be up to one page in length and report on conferences relating to tertiary science teaching.


WebBytes should be about half a page in length and report on web-based works in progress.

Submission of material

The EditorEmail: PhySciCH@mail.usyd.edu.au
UniServe Science NewsTel: (02) 9351 2960
Fax: (02) 9351 2175
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