What is Literature Compass?
Literature Compass offers the quality and rigour of a scholarly journal, combined with a commitment to examining developing scholarly directions, as well as the speed and functionality of electronic publishing.
Commissioned from leading researchers, Literature Compass articles are distinguished from those of traditional journals by combining original research and analysis with a broader expertise and understanding of how that fits—as both contribution and intervention—in the authors’ fields or sub-fields. Because the journal publishes peer-reviewed, state-of-the-field articles on a continual, monthly basis, it is unencumbered by rigid publishing timelines, ensuring that topical and significant research reaches the public effectively and efficiently.
Literature Compass adheres to the same quality control procedures as for any Wiley journal, both in terms of editorial and production standards.
Literature Compass articles allow established as well as junior scholars and advanced students to:
- keep up with the newest developments and trends in research
- teach in a new or unfamiliar area outside of their speciality
- find high-quality, peer-reviewed online content quickly and accessibly
Benefits for authors include:
- Article published within 12-16 weeks after acceptance
- A citable, peer-reviewed article, with a permanent DOI
- International exposure / broad readership
- PDF offprint
The Literature Compass Audience
The Literature Compass audience covers a wide range, from research and teaching faculty, graduate students to advanced undergraduates – from potentially any area of the discipline. This is a distinguishing feature of the journal, and a benefit to authors in terms of enhanced and breadth of exposure. You are writing for your peers, but also for researchers and students from unrelated areas. It is therefore crucial that Literature Compass articles always remain accessible to non-specialists. The writing should be authoritative and lively.
Article Length and Scope
In general, articles should run between 3000-5000 words (excluding references). Longer articles can be considered at the Section Editor’s discretion. The Section Editor will agree the topic of your article with you before you begin to write your piece.
The writing style should be crisp, concise and informative, while adhering to the quality and standard of an expert research paper. Remember: you are writing for non-specialists from many different areas. Your article will be their gateway into a new subject. Your aim is to engage as well as inform the reader.
Articles will fall into at least one of the following three categories and will answer one or more of the questions below:
- Recent research and debates in your field – What debates are driving your field? What new research has been published? What does it add to these debates or the field more generally? Can you put that new research in context? Does a new school of thought or paradigm seem to be developing? Has a new controversy erupted?
- Comparative look across sections or boundaries – Are there related things happening in different fields? Can you suggest comparisons that have not been fully explored? Can one area provide an insight into another when used in teaching or research?
- State of the field – Can you offer a fresh perspective on developments in your field? Perhaps there are arguments or fads drawing attention away from what you think are the critical points? Perhaps the field is stagnating? Are students and teachers flocking to or fleeing from your field? Is your area well an