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Author Guidelines

Below you will find an overview of the types of submission that we accept. To see more detailed guidance please follow the links.  You will need to log-in or create a user account to access the detailed guidance. Note that word counts can be up to +10% and do not include references.

·          Opinion Pieces - short and thought-provoking, stating a position and drawing on facts and evidence to support it (1000 -1500 words) 

·         Case Studies - typically describing: the organisational and historical context, technical specifications of the project, discussion of pedagogy, implementation, evaluation and limitations (maximum of 3000 words)

·        Technology Reviews - a critique or review of a technology application, outlining its application for learning and teaching and its strengths and weaknesses (maximum of 1000 words)

·         Research Articles - longer papers, providing a clear rationale for the study within the body of published research or policy, an overview of the research methodology adopted, a presentation of original resesarch findings, and a discussion of those findings in relation to existing knowledge (maximum of 6000 words).

·          Conference Reflection Pieces – a short and thought provoking piece responding to issues raised at a conference presentation or workshop (maximum of 1000 words). A conference reflection piece is a highly focused reflective text rather than a conference report.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or, RTF document file format.
  3. URLs for online resources have been provided correctly, including date of access.
  4. The text is spaced at 1.15 line; uses a Arial 11-point font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Compass: Journal of Learning & Teaching provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a more equitable global exchange of knowledge.


Works are released under the default licence of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY) licence, which provides unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. If authors require a divergent licence, please contact [happy to have 'the Scholarly Communications Manager' ( listed here if that is easier.]


Authors of articles published in Compass: Journal of Learning & Teaching remain the copyright holders to their published work and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to terms of the Creative Commons license agreement applied to the work by Compass: Journal of Learning & Teaching.


Self-archiving policy: authors are permitted, and encouraged, to deposit any version of their article - submitted, accepted, and published versions - in subject and institutional repositories at any time. 


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