Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Communications in Information Literacy (CIL) is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to advancing research, theory, and practice in the area of information literacy in higher education. CIL is an independent, professional, and open access publication. The editors of CIL are committed to the exploration and investigation of the various models of information literacy throughout the world, and they are faithful to unpolluted principles of open access for academic research.

CIL uses the Open Journal Systems journal management and publishing system.


Section Policies


This section of CIL includes essays written by the editors as they pertain to the state of the journal or current events in the discipline. This section also includes invited works and regularly contributed columns.

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This section of CIL consists of provocative and thoughtful essays on various aspects of information literacy in academic libraries. These pieces are not peer-reviewed, but are worked on in conjunction with our section editor. If you are considering such a piece, please contact the section editor, Carolyn Gamtso, at Carolyn.Gamtso@unh.edu.

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This section of CIL includes peer-reviewed feature articles, which may be research-based, theoretical, or practical in nature. The latter of these should include sufficient evidence to constitute a unique or noteworthy contribution. Literature review papers are generally discouraged, but those including in-depth investigation and noteworthy conclusions will be considered. The primary audiences for articles in this section are academic librarians and library educators, but we encourage contributions from all academic disciplines and from institutional administrators. Please send queries to the editors at editors@comminfolit.org.

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Book Reviews

This section contains reviews of books related to theory, research, and practice in the area of information literacy. The book titles reviewed in this section may be theoretical, research based, or offer pragmatic support of practice. Both the books and their reviews should speak to librarians and other professionals (student support staff, administrators, course instructors, or others) in higher education, who are concerned with teaching and learning. While reviews are generally solicited by the section editor, Merinda McLure, inquiries are also welcome: merinda.mclure@colostate.edu.

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Peer Review Process

CIL uses double-blind peer review for article submissions. Editorials, perspectives papers, and book reviews are subject to the appraisal of those section editors.


Publication Frequency

CIL is published a minimum of two times per year. Some articles may be released in advance of an issue's publication, but all articles are assigned an individual volume and issue number.


Open Access Policy

CIL 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.

CIL users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of any and all of its published materials.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Indexing and Availability

This journal is currently indexed by several major bibliographic services, including:

* Directory of Open Access Journals
* EBSCO (Library Literature and Information Science; Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts)
* Elsevier Science (SCOPUS)
* Google Scholar
* Proquest (Library and Information Science Abstracts)
* Thomson Reuters (Emerging Sources Citation Index)

Additionally, the journal is cataloged by the following services and directories:

* OCLC: WorldCat
* Public Knowledge Project
* Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
* Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Educational Technology and Library Science



As meetings of the Editorial Board occur, minutes will be taken and linked from this section.


Statistics on Article Views

Article view statistics are available for CIL authors. Instructions:

1. Login with your CIL credentials
2. Click on User Home link
3. Click on Author link
4. Click on Archive link

For other queries concerning article view statistics, contact the editors: editors@comminfolit.org


Information Literacy Sites of Interest

ISSN: 1933-5954