About the Journal

About the Journal

The International Journal of Earth System Education (IJESE) is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles on teaching and learning about the Earth’s systems. IJESE welcomes submissions for review of manuscripts that describe research, programs, curriculum, and methods in earth system science education. We encourage submissions that describe educational activities that demonstrate interconnections between systems and/or bring a global perspective to earth system education.

Publishing in IJESE is free for authors. There are no publication fees or page charges.



IJESE was established in 2023 by the International Geoscience Education Organisation to meet a need for an open access journal dedicated to original research in earth system education. The journal seeks to foster international and cross-cultural communication and collaboration. Education about earth systems encompasses science related to the Earth’s spheres, including geological sciences, atmosphere and climate, soils and the critical zone, oceans and coasts, and the cryosphere; human-earth system connections; and geoscience for sustainability. Earth system education can be formal, informal, and nonformal in type. The journal accepts manuscripts describing studies in both traditional and novel educational settings and that span audience levels, from early childhood to adult. These include research reports in areas such as museums and geopark learning, citizen science, earth systems literacy, historical perspectives on geoscience education, and earth education through the arts.



IJESE publishes two general issues annually on earth system education. Submitted manuscripts may be research articles, curriculum, reviews, or perspectives papers. All manuscripts are peer-reviewed. Decision on publication is based on recommendations of scholars in the disciplinary fields represented in the manuscript.

Research articles report new research findings on earth systems teaching and learning, with conclusions supported by empirical data.

Best Practice articles report new instructional materials and/or approaches that contribute to strengthening Earth systems education. Best Practice articles should include evaluative data on outcomes for learners.

Review papers report findings from a systematic review of existing literature and knowledge in an area of earth system education. Authors are strongly encouraged to follow the PRISMA guidelines or a similar structured approach to systemic review and meta-analysis.

Editorials relate to research and practice in earth systems education. They typically present a well-argued opinion, hypothesis, or conjecture on topics judged by the editors to be of interest to the journal readership.


Open Access

IJESE is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to all users. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI (Budapest Open Access Initiative) definition of open access. Articles are currently published under the CC BY 4.0 license.