HAPS Educator Submission Guidelines


The HAPS Educator welcomes submissions of at least 1000 words relevant to Anatomy and Physiology Education.   Authors do not have to be members of HAPS. All HAPS Educator articles are peer-reviewed.  

Submissions must be directed towards one of three categories:

  • HAPS Educator Educational Research: These papers discuss pedagogical research projects supported by robust data, and are uploaded into the LifeSciTRC one year post-publication.  Educational Research articles usually include an introduction, methods, results and discussion section.  However, the authors may choose an alternate organization if it more effectively presents their project.

  • HAPS Educator Current Topics:  These timely articles provide a summary of a particular concept area. These timely articles critically summarize the peer-reviewed literature on specific topics.    They must also include a short description of how the information can be used in teaching anatomy and/or physiology.

  • HAPS Educator Perspectives on Teaching: These articles discuss a teaching philosophy or modality.  Lengthy (more than 500 words) descriptions of teaching activities without accompanying data are also most welcome in this section.

Shorter submissions will be directed towards one of two destinations:

  • Teaching tips for A&P : these are very brief descriptions of learning activities and were formerly known as "edu-snippets."   They are published in a stand-alone website grouped by learning outcome and are available to all HAPS members.  Have a teaching tip that you would like to share?  You can do that from the link above.

  • The HAPS Blog:  you want feedback during the early stages of a research project or want to provoke discussion, think about writing a BLOG ENTRY!  Blogs are most effective if they are less than 500 words.

Potential authors can use the flowchart below to choose the best destination for submission.  (Click on the image for a larger version.)


Submission deadlines for HAPS Educator are:

March 1 (Spring issue)
July 1 (Summer issue)
November 1 (Winter issue)



Each submission will be evaluated by at least two reviewers for the Educational Scholarship standards listed below:

1.  The article must meet the length and content requirements of one of the three HAPS Educator categories (Educational Research, Current Topics, or Perspectives on Teaching).

2. Educational Research articles will be further reviewed as to the quantity and quality of the data.  Submissions lacking sufficient data will be redirected towards the “Perspectives on Teaching” section of the Educator.

3.   The article must maintain scientific accuracy in its details and reflect the author’s preparation and knowledge of the field.

4.     The information in the article must be organized and clearly presented, and free from spelling and grammatical errors.

The reviewers will make one of four recommendations:

                  1. Accept as is.
2. Accept with minor alterations.
3. Accept with major alterations.

4. Reject.

Based on the recommendations and comments of the reviewers, the Editor will make a final decision regarding each article. Authors will be notified as to the editor’s recommendation and will receive copies of the reviewer comments, and will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit, if necessary.   While the reviewers will know the authors’ identities, the authors will not know the reviewers’ identities. 


Please read through the information on this page prior to submitting your manuscript.  If you have additional questions or need help with the submissions process, please contact the editors at editor@hapsconnect.org

1. Terms of Submission

2. Submission Procedure

3. Formatting the Manuscript

4. Formatting the Reference List

5. Illustrations



1. Terms of Submission

The HAPS Educator publishes manuscripts consisting of original material that is not currently being consider for publication by another journal, website, or book and has not previously been published.  Publication of the manuscript must be approved by all of the authors.

All articles published in the HAPS Educator are uploaded into the Life Sciences Teaching Resources Community (LifeSciTRC).  For more information about this database, follow this link.

Authors must obtain permission to reproduce any copyright material and the source of this material must be acknowledged in their manuscript.  Authors are expected to know that the un-referenced use of published or unpublished ideas, writing or illustrations of others, from any source, constitutes plagiarism.

Responsibility for (1) the accuracy of facts, (2) the expression of opinion and (3) the authenticity of any supporting material presented by the author rests solely with the author.  The HAPS Educator, its publishers, editors, reviewers and staff, take no responsibility for these things.

2. Submission Procedure

All articles must be submitted online, using the online submission form.   Please get all your submission materials together before starting the form, as it will time out after a period of inactivity.  It may be easiest to collect the submission elements in a word processor and then cut-and-paste into the form.  You will need to provide the following information:

·       The name, affiliation, and email of each author

·       A short biography of the authors (100 words maximum) to be included in the HAPS Educator

·       The article title

·       An abstract of 150 words or less.  The abstract will be included in the LifeSciTRC submission.

·       A list of 1-5 individual keywords

·       The manuscript file

·       Illustrations, uploaded as individual files



3. Formatting The Manuscript

It is the responsibility of the author to make sure that the manuscript is complete, accurate, and properly formatted. Improperly formatted submissions will be returned to the authors for revision before the Editorial Board will review them.

  • Manuscripts are to be submitted as a Word document (.doc or .docx) or rich text format (.rtf).  Please do not submit a .pdf file. 

  • Use a 12-point font (Arial or similar), with 1’” margins on all sides.

  • Include a title page that lists the full name, institutional address, and email address of each author.

  •  Illustrations must be submitted separately from the manuscript (see below)
  • Indicate approximate positions where illustrations should be placed within the manuscript
  • Number all pages and insert continuous line numbering (this feature is usually found in the "layout" function of word processors)

  • Studies involving animals: Institutional approval must be obtained for all experiments involving animals.  Please include the following statement in the methodology section (if relevant): “This project was approved by the _____ board of , and all animals were handled in accordance with institutional guidelines”.

  • Studies involving humans: Informed consent must be obtained for all studies involving humans, and the researcher’s institutional review board must have approved all projects.  Please include the following statement in the methodology section (if relevant): This project was approved by the of , and informed consent was obtained from all participants”. 

  • Use the author-date convention for in-line references, separating multiple references with commas.  List multiple references alphabetically.  If more than one reference uses the same author, cite the older reference first. Use the following format:

o   Single author: (Earhardt 2004, Earhardt 2007)

o   Two authors: (Amber and Slevin 2005, Ryan and Slevin 2006)

o   Multiple authors: (Garcia-Borreguero et al. 2006)


4. Formatting the Reference List (Literature Cited)

Journal article:

Note that for journal titles we use standard abbreviations.  A doi should be provided if possible.

Example: Sobinoff AP, Beckett EL, Jarnicki AG, Sutherland JM, McCluskey A, Hansbro PM, McLaughlin EA (2013) Scrambled and fried: Cigarette smoke exposure causes antral follicle destruction and oocyte dysfunction through oxidative stress. Toxicol. Appl. Pharmacol. 271: 156-167. doi: 10.1016/j.taap.2013.05.009

Web site:

Please provide the website author (if possible), the date of publication or last revision (if known), the website title, the web address, and the access date.

Example: NIH (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute) (2014) What are the risks of smoking? Retrieved from  www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/smo/risks.html 9/27/14.

Book Chapter:

Jones N (2014) Growth hormone and the ovarian follicle.  In: B. Barker (Ed.) Growth Hormone (pp. 100-106).  New York, NY: Wiley.


Moore KL, Persaud TVN, Torchia MG (2013) Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects (Eighth Edition). Philadelphia: Elsevier.

5. Illustrations

Photos or line drawings should be uploaded separately from the manuscript as individual .jpg, .jpeg, .eps, .pdf, .png, .gif, and .zip files.   Color figures are permitted and encouraged. 





We look forward to your submission.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. 

If you have additional questions please contact the editors at editor@hapsconnect.org

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