Electronic Journal for Research in Science & Mathematics Education - Call for Proposals







In light of myriad resistances to scientific fact and rising mathematical misconceptions that have emerged throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this special issue of the Electronic Journal for Research in Science & Mathematics Education centers around public education, public rhetorics, and scientific argumentation.


These issues of distrust and interpretation are not new. For instance, Gaonkar’s (1993) critique of the rhetoric of science, reproduced and responded to in Gross and Keith’s (1997) Rhetorical Hermeneutics: Invention and Interpretation in the Age of Science, began a conversation around the sociology of scientific knowledge that demands extension and reinterpretation in our contemporary context. It is clear we can no longer ignore the “discursive debris that surrounds us” (p. 25) and write off scientific skepticism and statistical misinterpretation as totalizing ignorance of the untrained, knowledgeable public sphere.


Aside from the current pandemic, there are urgent problems that science will have to address in the coming decades: the consequences of climate change (IPCC, 2017), clean water scarcity (UNICEF, 2022), food safety (WHO, 2018), and the ethics of artificial intelligence (Bostrom & Yudkowsky, 2014) or CRISPR-driven genetic enhancement (Brokowski & Adli, 2019), just to name a few. Lives are on the line. This special issue aims to take up these rhetorical problems, among others, and explore their relationship to science and mathematics education. What do these issues mean for science and mathematics curriculum and pedagogy? Pre-service teacher education? Classroom rhetorics? Scientific persuasion? Quantitative research? Public epistemologies? Ethics more broadly?


The editors of EJRSME invite authors and researchers of any discipline to submit manuscripts that converge at the intersection of rhetoric, politics, science, mathematics, and education to address these pressing issues.


Along these lines, we welcome manuscripts that address the following:


  • Philosophies of/in science or mathematics education (epistemology, ontology, and/or ethics)
  • Public persuasion through scientific data (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods)
  • Social media’s role in spreading disinformation or misinformation around science or mathematics
  • Public knowledge-construction related to science, statistics, medicine, climate change, and other pressing issues
  • Difficulties in communicating nuanced and/or complex scientific topics to lay audiences
  • Curriculum development and pedagogical techniques that address any of the aforementioned issues 


Submission Guidelines and Peer Review Timeline


We welcome both single author and collaborative abstracts of no more than 350 words by April 1, 2022. Abstracts should be submitted through the EJRSME submission portal. You will need to create an account and submit your abstract under a new submission in the “Special Call” section to be considered.


If your proposal is selected for consideration in the special issue, you will be notified by April 15, 2022. Manuscripts will be due August 1, 2022 and will be submitted to the same manuscript submission you used to submit your proposal. Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word Document, be within 4,000-6,000 words, and follow APA (7th Edition) format.


The manuscript will go through a double-blind peer review process, and we expect feedback and revisions through August and September. The issue is slated to be published Fall 2022.


If you have any questions please reach out to the guest editor for the special issue, Jonathan W. Crocker (j.w.crocker@tcu.edu).




Bostrom, N. & Yudkowsky, E. (2014). The ethics of artificial intelligence. In K. Frankish 

and W. M. Ramsey (Eds.) The Cambridge handbook of artificial intelligence (pp. 

316-334). Cambridge University Press.


Brokowski, C., & Adli, M. (2019). CRISPR ethics: moral considerations for applications 

of a powerful tool. Journal of Molecular Biology, 431(1), 88-101.


Gaonkar, D. P. (1993). The idea of rhetoric in the rhetoric of science. Southern Journal of 

Communication, 58(4), 258-295.


Gross, A. G., & Keith, W. M. (1997). Rhetorical hermeneutics: Invention and interpretation in 

the age of science. SUNY Press.


IPCC (2017). Chapter outline of the working group II contribution to the IPCC sixth 

assessment report (AR6). The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change



UNICEF (2022). Water scarcity: Addressing the growing lack of available water to meet 

children’s needs. United Nations Children’s Fund



WHO (2018). Food safety, climate change, and the role of WHO. World Health 

Organization. https://www.who.int/foodsafety/_Climate_Change.pdf