ASERA’s major publication series is the journal RISE (Research in Science Education), one of the top four science education journals in the world. 

ASERA also contributes to and sponsors other major publications in science education.

Research in Science Education (RISE)

RISE is one of the top four international science education research journals in the world. 

As part of your ASERA membership, you have FREE access to RISE online.

Log in to your ASERA account and select 'members area' then 'Access to Journal'

Special Issue Proposals

RISE has the ability to publish Special Issues with the maximum being one per year. It is expected that the guest editor(s) of with a potential special issue in mind will submit a proposal to the co-editors of RISE who will consult with the Editorial Board in a decision-making process.

The value and timelines of a special issue proposal will be considered against whether the issue addresses contemporary concerns in science education in an innovative and timely way. How the special issue aligns with the aims and scope of RISE needs to be explained.

The special issue proposal should include:

  • Statement of overall aims and rationale
  • Contribution to the field
  • Rationale for the selection of papers
  • Scope of topics under proposed theme
  • Logistical considerations (e.g., approach to call, timelines)
  • Appropriateness for RISE

Proposals for special issues will be accepted at any time and considered on a rolling basis. It is highly recommended to run your ideas past the editors before fully committing to the development of a proposal. They may offer additional insights and/or point out areas of potential concern.

Please see the attached document for further information and details. (document is avaiable at the bottom of this page)

History of RISE

Prior to the publication of ASERA papers, newsletters were distributed to members. The first newsletter was published in July 1970 following the first conference held in May of that year and is shown below. Similarly, the second newsletter from 1971 is also shown below.

In 1971, after the second ASERA conference, papers presented at ASERA 2 were published. The publication was titled Research 1971, and was the first of an ongoing series of annual publications of some of the papers presented at ASERA that continued until 1994. In 1972 the journal was titled Research 1972, in 1973 Science Education: Research 1973, and then in 1974 a permanent name was adopted – Research in Science Education. The 1974 edition of Research in Science Education was designated Volume 4, in recognition of the preceding three years.

In 1995, through Professor Cam McRobbie’s initiative and drive, RISE was transformed into the journal of more usual form that we know today, and was no longer linked to the ASERA conference. In 2003 RISE became the 4th Science Education research journal to be ISI listed journal, and thus joined Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Science Education, and International Journal of Science Education as the major international science education research journals.

For the period 1974 – 1979 RISE had an editorship structure involving both the conference organizer(s) and a ‘general editor’ who maintained consistencies from one year to the next.

All volumes of RISE are available on Springer Link, including Volumes 1-24 (1971-1994) that were published by ASERA itself and not by Springer. The contents by volume of RISE (1971-1994) is below.

The full list of RISE editors 1971-2019 is:


Richard Tisher (University Queensland)


Richard Tisher, Russell Linke & Leo West (Monash University)


Colin Power (University Queensland) & Arthur Lucas (Flinders University)


Colin Power (University Queensland) & Max Maddock (University Newcastle)


Colin Power (Flinders University) & Tony Blake (Riverina CAE)


Colin Power (Flinders University) & Cam McRobbie (Mt Gravatt CAE)


Colin Power (Flinders University) & Dennis Goodrum (Churchlands CAE)


Colin Power (Flinders University)


Laurie Rattray-Wood & Peter Ferguson (Deakin University)


Richard Tisher (Monash University)


Richard Tisher & Paul Gardner (Monash University)


Paul Gardner (Monash University)


Paul Gardner, Helen Forgasz & Jeff Northfield (Monash University)


Paul Gardner (Monash University)


Cam McRobbie (Queensland University of Technology)


Steve Ritchie (Queensland University of Technology)


Deborah Corrigan (Monash University)


Deborah Corrigan (Monash University) & David Geelan (Griffith University)


David Geelan (Griffith University) & Donna King (Queensland University of Technology)


Donna King (Queensland University of Technology) & Angela Fitzgerald (University of Southern Queensland)

Related content

RISE Information Presented at ASERA19 Conference

Special issue call out - Guidelines for RISE

First Newsletter, July, 1970

Second newsletter - March, 1971

Material from RISE 1971-94 not always on Springer Link

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