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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 (between 4000 and 6000 words).
  • Book review - a book review introduces and evaluates a published book on learning and teaching in HE (maximum of 1000 words).  
  • Anthology - a Compass anthology is a collaborative submission of papers on a specific theme in learning and teaching in HE. It involves three or more authors and consists of a collection of three original papers and a commentary. 


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. Submissions must conform with the Compass Author Guidelines of each category of submission 
  2. Word limit: follow the relevant author guidelines
  3. Please ensure your research has been approved by the respective Ethics Board of your institution. For more information and guidance on ethics in pedagogic research please advise BERA ethical guidelines .
  4. Check for accuracy and clarity in the presentation of the work. Manuscripts should be spell checked and grammar checked carefully before submission. 
  5. All citations and references must conform to the Compass Referencing Style Guide 
  6. Tables and figures must be clearly labelled.
  7. Font is Arial 11pt with 1.15 line spacing.
  8. Peer-review process:  

    We follow a double-blind peer review system. Please ensure that you submit an ‘Anonymous Text, which will proceed through the peer review process. 

    Guidelines for anonymizing your manuscript: 

    • Please make sure that your name or the name of any collaborator or learner does not appear anywhere in the anonymous version of the manuscript, including any footnotes. 

    • If you have cited your own or your co-author’s publications, please remove the citation and use a placeholder such as [Author(s)] instead. 

    • Please make sure that your name does not appear in the author remarks which serve as a reply to the reviewers’ comments. 

    • Do not include any grants or acknowledgments in the anonymous version of your manuscript. This information can be provided in the non-anonymous version. 


    When the peer-review process has been completed and you are ready to submit the final version of your paper, please submit a paper with all the author details, grants and acknowledgements.

  9. Authors should provide, separately from the submission, a short (50-100 words) biographical note, including their full name and institution.
  10. Ensure that you have the correct copyright clearance for any material in your paper that is already © to a third party e.g., pictures.
  11. Ensure that inclusive language is used throughout the manuscript, that no assumptions are made about the beliefs or values of any reader and that there are no statements that might imply that one individual is superior to another on the grounds of age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sextual orientation, disability or health conditions.
  12. Funding details: Where applicable, please supply all details required by your funding and grant-awarding bodies as follows: 

    For single agency grants: This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx]. 

    For multiple agency grants: This work was supported by the [Funding Agency #1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency #.2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency #3] under Grant [number xxxx] 

    Please do not include any grants or acknowledgments in the anonymous version of your manuscript. This information should be provided in the non-anonymous version.

  13. Data availability statement: If there is a data set associated with the paper, please provide information about where the data supporting the results or analysis presented in the paper can be found. Include the hyperlink, DOI or include the data set(s) as a supplementary document or within the paper (making sure you do not exceed the word limit). This \information can be provided at the end of the paper.

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. 


If you have any queries about the choice of license, or which to discuss other options, please contact the Scholarly Communications Manager at


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