Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Prompt is a biannual, refereed online journal that publishes academic writing assignments. We publish assignments directed at both undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines. Our mission is to disseminate a mode of intellectual work that is too rarely circulated in public venues, and we hope to contribute to the scholarly study of writing assignments in the field of writing studies. We also believe that by publishing excellent and innovative writing assignments, we can create both a resource and a site of engagement for faculty who incorporate writing in their teaching. We think such engagement can help to bridge the gap between theory and practice in writing studies. Prompt also hopes to be valuable resource for Writing Program Administrators (WPAs), especially those engaged in Writing Across the Curriculum or Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) work and curricular design work. WPAs in these positions will benefit from access to excellent, diverse assignments from across the curriculum.

All assignments published by Prompt are accompanied by a reflective essay by their authors, which provides context and insight into the assignment. Please review the journal itself and our "Submissions" page for further information about what we publish.


Section Policies


All authors wishing to submit articles to our journal should review our author guidelines.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All submissions deemed appropriate for possible publication by the editors are peer reviewed by at least two outside reviewers with appropriate expertise. Reviewers receive manuscripts with author-identifying information removed or redacted. Reviewers are invited, but not required, to disclose their identities to authors.

We strive to move the review process forward in a timely way, seeking to select reviewers as quickly as possible and holding reviewers to reasonable deadlines. After the editors receive reviewers' report, a decision is shared with the author within 2 weeks. When reviewers fail to complete a review in a reasonable amount of time, new reviewers are selected.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Authors retain copyright of their published work. Reuse of work published in Prompt must include clear attribution to the original text and be for non-commercial purposes, as specified by Creative Commons BY-NC.

Prompt is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA).



All issues of Prompt are preserved in two ways that will ensure the journal archive persists and is accessible across time. Our archive is hosted by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Library.

The Caltech Library maintains a secure institutional repository that provides access to material that is of long-term value to the academic community. Prompt is deposited in the Caltech Collection of Open Digital Archives (CODA), which makes use of the open source EPrints software that is installed on three high-availability Linux servers managed by the Library and utilizing fiber-attached SAN.  CODA metadata conform to international standards. Additionally, issues of Prompt archived in CODA are preserved in the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) of which Caltech Library is a member. DPN is the only large-scale digital preservation service that is built to last beyond the life spans of individuals, technological systems, and organizations. If Prompt were to cease publishing, all DOIs would be redirected open-access copies of the journal on CODA.

We thank the Caltech Libraries for their support and assistance with the archiving of Prompt.