NABT members and potential members are invited to submit manuscripts to The American Biology Teacher that align with the future focus issues listed below. Included here are descriptions of the focus topics so that potential authors can share their specialized expertise with the biology education community. Inquiry activities for student learning of concepts in these focus issues are especially invited. Content-only manuscripts must have implications or applications for student learning. Manuscripts can be for the following article types: Feature Article, Research on Learning, Inquiry & Investigation, How-To-Do-It, or Quick Fix. If there are insufficient manuscripts to fill a given focus issue, that issue will be suspended and those manuscripts will appear in nonfocus issues. All manuscripts will be triple peer-reviewed by experts in the respective fields. All ABT authors must be current members of NABT.

Focus Topic & Issue DateNeed to Submit by
New Research on Evolution: February 2011 August 2010 
Recent discoveries in evolutionary biology and how these can be used to further student understanding of evolutionary processes; the mounting evidence that evolution affects the everyday lives of humans.  
Behavior: April 2011 October 2010 
The neurological and genetic basis of behavior in animals in both natural and artificial ecosystems; environmental and evolutionary influences on behavior; behavioral feedback mechanisms.  
Biology Curriculum, Classrooms, & Teaching Methods: August 2011 January 2011 
Novel methods for teaching biology at all levels of education; research on new biology teaching methods; ways to address national and state biology standards. Manuscripts in both English and another major language are especially encouraged, and accepted manuscripts will be published in both languages.  
Agriculture & Aquaculture: October 2011 March 2011 
Modern methods of agriculture and aquaculture and their impact on humans and other organisms; concerns, issues, and major questions of these food production methods; inquiry activities for learning about these methods.  
Homo sapiens: January 2011 May 2011 
A special issue for learning about the human species, including ecology, heredity, human impacts on earth and other organisms, populations and population growth, the human condition, health and medicine, future issues.  
Human Evolution: February 2012 August 2011 
Another special issue on Homo sapiens but with emphasis on learning about human evolution past, present, and future; leading questions about human evolution and ancestry; evolution––environment interactions; predicted future of humans.  
Molecular Biology: April 2012 December 2011 
Recent advances in molecular biology and their effects on all organisms as they relate to learning biology; major concerns, issues, and questions about using molecular technology; molecular techniques for use in typical classrooms.  
Ecology & Environment: September 2012 February 2012 
Updates on ecological and environmental research that have applications for the classroom; new ecological and environmental inquiry-learning activities.  
Reproduction & Development: November/December 2012 March 2012 
Reproduction and development strategies within or across taxa.  
Evolution: February 2013 June 2012 
General evolutionary content and student learning activities.  
Mathematical Applications for Learning Biology: March 2013 September 2012 
Learning biology through quantitative applications: statistical testing, using binomials, logs, proportions, methods of data display, numerical reasoning, estimation, central tendency, dealing with large data sets.  
Focus Topic & Issue DateNeed to Submit by
New Research on Evolution: February 2011 August 2010 
Recent discoveries in evolutionary biology and how these can be used to further student understanding of evolutionary processes; the mounting evidence that evolution affects the everyday lives of humans.  
Behavior: April 2011 October 2010 
The neurological and genetic basis of behavior in animals in both natural and artificial ecosystems; environmental and evolutionary influences on behavior; behavioral feedback mechanisms.  
Biology Curriculum, Classrooms, & Teaching Methods: August 2011 January 2011 
Novel methods for teaching biology at all levels of education; research on new biology teaching methods; ways to address national and state biology standards. Manuscripts in both English and another major language are especially encouraged, and accepted manuscripts will be published in both languages.  
Agriculture & Aquaculture: October 2011 March 2011 
Modern methods of agriculture and aquaculture and their impact on humans and other organisms; concerns, issues, and major questions of these food production methods; inquiry activities for learning about these methods.  
Homo sapiens: January 2011 May 2011 
A special issue for learning about the human species, including ecology, heredity, human impacts on earth and other organisms, populations and population growth, the human condition, health and medicine, future issues.  
Human Evolution: February 2012 August 2011 
Another special issue on Homo sapiens but with emphasis on learning about human evolution past, present, and future; leading questions about human evolution and ancestry; evolution––environment interactions; predicted future of humans.  
Molecular Biology: April 2012 December 2011 
Recent advances in molecular biology and their effects on all organisms as they relate to learning biology; major concerns, issues, and questions about using molecular technology; molecular techniques for use in typical classrooms.  
Ecology & Environment: September 2012 February 2012 
Updates on ecological and environmental research that have applications for the classroom; new ecological and environmental inquiry-learning activities.  
Reproduction & Development: November/December 2012 March 2012 
Reproduction and development strategies within or across taxa.  
Evolution: February 2013 June 2012 
General evolutionary content and student learning activities.  
Mathematical Applications for Learning Biology: March 2013 September 2012 
Learning biology through quantitative applications: statistical testing, using binomials, logs, proportions, methods of data display, numerical reasoning, estimation, central tendency, dealing with large data sets.