Biology Education Journals and Education Research Journals

Here’s a list of journals that are valuable to anyone interested in learning more about the education research.  If there is one that is missing from this list, please contact Susan Musante at and we’ll add it!

Before you begin delving into these publications, or to get an overview of the different types of journals that are out there, you may want to read “Grappling with the Research of Education Research and Practice” by Erin Dolan, published in CBE Life Sciences Education:

Biology Education Journals:

Advances in Physiology Education Published by the American Physiological Society, the journal, “promotes and disseminates educational scholarship in order to enhance teaching and learning of physiology, neuroscience and pathophysiology. The journal publishes peer-reviewed descriptions of innovations that improve teaching in the classroom and laboratory, essays on education, and review articles based on our current understanding of physiological mechanisms.  Submissions that evaluate new technologies for teaching and research, and educational pedagogy, are especially welcome.  The audience for the journal includes educators at all levels: K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.” Online access is free. Peer-reviewed.

American Biology Teacher Published by the National Association of Science Teachers (NABT) it is a “peer-refereed professional journal for K-16 biology teachers. Articles include topics such as modern biology content, biology teaching strategies for both the classroom and laboratory, field activities, and a wide range of assistance for application and professional development. Each issue features reviews of books, classroom technology products, and “Biology Today.” Published 9 times a year by the National Association of Biology Teachers, the journal also covers the social and ethical implications of biology and ways to incorporate such concerns into instructional programs.” Peer reviewed.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Education Published by the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. “The aim of BAMBED is to enhance teacher preparation and student learning in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and related sciences such as Biophysics and Cell Biology, by promoting the world-wide dissemination of educational materials. BAMBED seeks and communicates articles on many topics, including:  innovative techniques in teaching and learning, new pedagogical approaches, research in biochemistry and molecular biology education, and reviews on emerging areas of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to provide background for the preparation of lectures, seminars, student presentations, dissertations, etc.” Peer reviewed.

Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching refereed, quarterly publication of the Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE). Currently, ACUBE members receive print copies of the journal six months prior to electronic copies becoming available on-line for the benefit of other individuals in the academic community.” Peer reviewed.

BioScience A publication of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) it is a “peer-reviewed, heavily cited, monthly journal with content written and edited for accessibility to researchers, educators, and students alike, BioScience is provided to all AIBS members in print and online as a part of regular AIBS dues. BioScience includes articles about research findings and techniques, advances in biology education, professionally written feature articles about the latest frontiers in biology, discussions of professional issues.” Peer reviewed.

CBE-Life Science Education “Free, online quarterly journal, is published by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). The journal was launched in spring 2002 as Cell Biology Education—A Journal of Life Science Education. The ASCB changed the name of the journal in spring 2006 to better reflect the breadth of its readership and the scope of its submissions. CBE-LSE is written by and to serve professionals engaged in biology teaching in all environments, including faculty at large research universities who teach but do not view teaching as their primary mission, as well as those whose teaching is the major focus of their careers, in primarily undergraduate institutions, museums and outreach programs, junior and community colleges, and K–12 schools.” Peer reviewed.

The ESA Bulletin An open access and online publication of the Ecological Society of America. “The Bulletin publishes letters, longer commentaries, and philosophical and methodological items related to the science of ecology. In addition, the Bulletin publishes announcements of meetings; reviews of meetings, of software useful for ecological research and teaching, and of other tools for ecologists; articles about the teaching of ecology…” Not peer reviewed.

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment Published by the Ecological Society of America, Frontiers includes a wide range of ecology education articles. Peer reviewed.

Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education Published by the American Society for Microbiology, the annual publication Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (formerly Microbiology Education) is now open access.  JMBE publishes original peer-reviewed articles in six sections: results of hypothesis-driven student learning research, perspectives on current topics/problems of general interest to science educators, field-tested activities that foster active learning, tips and practical suggestions for improving biology education, reviews of books and other educational resources, and letters to the editor. Peer reviewed.

Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education Published by the American Society of Agronomy, JNRLSE, “covers all disciplines in the life sciences, natural resources, and agriculture. Educators in extension, universities, industry, administration, and grades K-16, share teaching techniques, concepts, and ideas. Written by and for educators, articles published include research, notes, case studies, software, letters, editorials, newfeatures, profiles, and media reviews. A special section of the journal emphasizes K-16 education.” Subscription required; online issues are free access after period of time.

Science Published by the AAAS. Includes education research and topical articles on teaching. Peer reviewed.

Education Journals:

There are many journals that publish work focusing on education research and scholarship. Below are a few especially relevant ones.

Journal of Research in Science Teaching JRST, the official journal of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, publishes reports for science education researchers and practitioners on issues of science teaching and learning and science education policy. Scholarly manuscripts within the domain of the Journal of Research in Science and Teaching include, but are not limited to, investigations employing qualitative, ethnographic, historical, survey, philosophical, or case study research approaches; position papers; policy perspectives; critical reviews of the literature; and comments and criticism.  Readership: Teacher training institutions · college-level educators and researchers · school administrators · curriculum specialists

Journal of College Science Teaching The National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) publishes this journal. The content reflects the needs of its audience of classroom teachers, science supervisors and administrators, teacher educators, and parents. Topics include: Effective inquiry activities that are original and creative, Interdisciplinary science experiences, Successful partnerships or programs, and Themes of current issues in science education.