Video Abstracts

Compass authors are all able to submit video abstracts for their Compass articles. Below you will find examples of this exciting new format to make your article come alive.

Wiley-Blackwell has developed a simple workflow and guidelines for authors which enables them to create a Video Abstract or Slidecast (an audio presentation with slides or images) to accompany their article.

“Isn’t Every Crime a Hate Crime?”

“The Impact of Genetic Determinism Reviewed”

“Older Workers: The ‘Unavoidable Obligation’ of Extending Our Working Lives?”

“Re-Forging the Age of Iron”

“Bartolomé de las Casas and the African Slave Trade [SLIDECAST]”

“Thinking Historically about Medieval Emotions”

Teaching & Learning Guides

All Compass authors have the option of publishing a Teaching & Learning Guide to accompany their Compass article.

A Teaching & Learning Guide is a supplement to a journal article, providing ideas for incorporating that article into teaching.

A Teaching & Learning Guide helps to widen the readership and usage of a journal article.

Each Teaching & Learning Guide is usually made up of:

• Author’s Introduction: a short paragraph setting the scene
• Author Recommends: 5-10 annotated readings
• Online Materials: at least 5 links to websites or online materials
• Sample Section of Syllabus: incorporating the original journal article
• Focus Questions: at least 5 focus questions
• Seminar/Project Idea

Our Compass journals have published over 150 Teaching & Learning Guides.

Teaching and Learning Guide for: A Window on the ‘New’ Sociology of Childhood
Teaching and Learning Guide for: Culture and Biology: The Foundation of Pathways of Development

Online Conferences 

Advances in technology, pressure on travel budgets and the need for environmentally friendly approaches to professional life are increasingly making onilne conferences and webinars an attractive option for researchers, educators and students. Online events offer a truly global reach and can add a new dimension to face-to-face events.

In October 2009 Wiley-Blackwell held the first ever Compass Interdisciplinary Virtual Conference. The theme of the conference was ‘Breaking down Barriers’ with the sub-themes of paradigms, borders, the environment/energy, communication, justice and human rights.

The aim of the event was to stimulate interdisciplinary exchanges amongst the eight publishing communities served by the Compass journals (Sociology, Social Psychology, Philosophy, History, Literature, Religion, Geography, and Linguistics), and in the process raise awareness of the journals. Registration was free, and this helped to attract delegates from over 70 countries, many within the developing world.

Conference features included scholarly papers, ‘slidecast’ keynote addresses, podcast publishing workshops, a book and journal exhibit, a Second Life cocktail bar and musical entertainment.

Building on this success, in November 2010 we launched Wiley-Blackwell Exchanges (, a series of smaller online conferences around key interdisciplinary themes.

The first event focused on “Wellbeing: A Cure-All for the Social Sciences?

The second conference focused on “The Changing Face of War

The next conference, taking place in November 2012, will be on “Migration in a Changing World: Where Do We Go Now?

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