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Author Guidelines

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Compass is a peer-reviewed journal that welcomes articles, case studies and opinion pieces relating to learning, teaching and assessment within higher education. It is our aim that Compass will inspire, educate, amuse, and generally engage its readership.

Why you might like to contribute:

  • to raise your teaching profile by outlining a case study or writing up your experiences of innovative and effective teaching or student support;
  • to share knowledge and good practice;
  • to raise awareness of a particular methodology;
  • to exercise your research and writing skills, potentially providing a springboard to publication in specialist or other peer-reviewed journals.

We publish these kinds of writing:

Opinion Pieces - short and thought provoking, stating a position and drawing on facts and evidence to support it (a maximum of 750 words).

Opinion Pieces guidance PDF

Case Studies - based on learning or teaching in practice, typically describing: the organisational and historical context, technical specifications of the project, discussion of pedagogy, implementation, evaluation and limitations (a maximum of 3000 words).

Case Studies guidance PDF

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

Research Article guidance PDF

Overview articles - longer papers that are focused on providing a critical overview of the body of published research relating to a particular subject area within teaching and learning. An overview article would include a summary of key methodologies adopted and findings (a maximum of 6000 words).

Book Reviews – a critical overview of a book related to learning and teaching. Please feel free to contact us with details of the book you are thinking of reviewing if you would like to discuss the suitability of the text for Compass (a maximum of 750 words).

Technology Reviews – a critique or review of a technology application, outlining its application for learning and teaching and its strengths and weaknesses (a maximum of 1000 words, with around 3 references).

Technology Review guidance PDF

Conference Reflection – this submission should be linked to the University of Greenwich annual conferences SHIFT/APT. The content of the reflection should be linked to the author's experience of the conference  (around 1000 words).

Conference Reflection guidance PDF

All submissions should include a short biography (no more than 100 words) for each author, written in the third person. Case Study and Research Articles should also include an abstract (no more than 150 words).

You can also submit work in video form. Further information can be found here.

Editorial Guidelines


Please format your submission in Arial, 11-point font with 1.15 line spacing and justified to the left margin.

Section headings should be in 12-point text and emboldened.


You should provide full references for all citations. These should be listed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order, using the Harvard referencing system.

For more information on Harvard see:

Here are some example formats:


Biggs, J. (1999) Teaching for quality learning at university. Buckingham: SRHE and Open University Press.

Chapters in books

Ziguras, C. and G. McBurnie. (2008). ‘The impact of trade liberalisation on transnational education.’ In Dunn, L and Wallace, M. (eds) Teaching in Transnational Education: Enhancing Learning for Offshore International Students. London: Routledge, 3-13.

Journal articles

McClure, J. W. (2007). ‘International graduates’ cross-cultural adjustment: experiences, coping strategies and suggested programmatic responses.’ Teaching in Higher Education, 12(1), 99-217

Online sources

Burgess, B. (2007). Beyond the honours degree classification – Burgess Group final report. Available at: (Accessed 20 December 2012).


Please do not submit articles with coloured text or images as reproduction will be in black and white only. You should obtain any required permissions for the reproduction of images prior to submitting them. Please follow the guidelines below when submitting images:

  • We accept electronic images in the following formats: .eps, .jpg and .tif. (Do not supply .tif files with LZW compression or .eps files with .jpeg encoding – these are options offered when saving).
  • Electronic colour and gray scale images should be at least 300 dpi at the size they appear on the printed page.
  • Bitmap images (such as line art) should be scanned at 1200 dpi resolution.
  • Vectored artwork in Adobe Illustrator should be saved as version CS5 or earlier.


All work should be submitted online:

Your submission should not have been published or be under review with another journal.

Submissions are subject to peer review at the discretion of the managing editor. Submissions will be peer reviewed anonymously by at least two referees. Authors will receive feedback and comments following this process and may be asked to amend their work accordingly. The editors reserve the right to make further minor editorial changes. Final proofs will be sent to authors for approval prior to publication, if there is sufficient time to do so, and must be returned by the stipulated deadline. Major alterations to the text cannot be accepted at that stage.

Further guidance on submission is available on request from the Educational Development Unit, e-mail:


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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, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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