Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

JIL is an international, peer- reviewed journal that aims to investigate information literacy in all its forms to address the interests of diverse IL communities of practice.  To this end it publishes articles from both established and new authors in this field. 

The journal is published under the Gold Open Access model, because the CILIP Information Literacy Group believes that knowledge should be shared.  It is therefore free and requires no subscription.  In addition authors are not required to pay a fee to be published in JIL.

JIL welcomes contributions that push the boundaries of IL beyond the educational setting and examine this phenomenon as a continuum between those involved in its development and delivery and those benefiting from its provision.

http://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/ojs/public/site/images/lbres/ilgroup_66The Journal of Information Literacy (JIL) is the professional journal of the CILIP Information Literacy Group.


Section Policies


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Guest editorial

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Peer reviewed articles

  • Michelle O'Connell
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Brief communications

  • Ian Hunter
  • Michelle O'Connell
  • Ruth Stubbings
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Project Reports

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Conference updates

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Articles from LILAC

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Book reviews

  • Ian Hunter
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Student views

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Peer Review Process

Papers in this section include articles based on submissions to the LILAC conference as well as those directly submitted to the journal. The papers should include research-based or practice-based investigations and be between 3,000 and 8,000 words, excluding references. A research-based study is expected to contribute to the information literacy debate by providing a critical review of an aspect of information literacy research that extends the boundaries of the information literacy community's understanding about this phenomenon. A practice-based study may, for example, assess the impact of an information literacy initiative delivered as part of a specific educational strategy, or a CPD programme that arises from the context of educational or professional developments. The rationale for placing research-based and practice-based papers under the same category is based on JIL's commitment to bridge the gap between theory and practice within the information literacy debate in the UK and internationally. This is accomplished by ensuring that both research-based and practice-based submissions adhere to the publishing standards set by the journal, namely a critical and reflective exposition of the topic examined, supported by appropriate evidence from the literature and/or practice. Authors must use the article template, which can be found here. Please use English rather than American spelling. Authors must also supply an abstract, which should cover the following areas (Do not use these headings within the abstract).

  • purpose of the study;
  • originality and value of the paper and relevance to the IL community;
  • research design employed;
  • implications of the study for the IL community.

Authors should also include a list of at least four keywords that describe the main themes of the paper (NB JIL generates its own controlled vocabulary to enhance the searching facilities of the site, but we do think that authors would find the selection of their own keywords helpful in setting the key themes conveyed by their paper). To facilitate the blind review process name, title, affiliation and contact details of all authors should NOT be given on the title page and their institutions should NOT be identified anywhere else in the paper. Authors and institutions should be replaced by anonymising text, e.g. XXX

Authors should also ensure that:

a.       the focus of the paper is clear and that it is fully relevant to the IL debate (one of the main problems encountered is the lack of definition of IL  within the context of the paper and how this fits in within the greater scope of JIL).

b.      the paper presents clearly articulated aims and objectives of the work/study

c.       the paper provides a brief review of previous related work, hence placing the work in context and also indicate how the authors work has added to what has gone before.

d.      the paper provides an appropriate account of the methods used to generate data (in case of empirical studies) and why they chose this approach In addition it should include an analysis of the findings (one of the main problems is that some papers present the findings in a descriptive rather than analytical way and this relates to analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data).

e.      Having presented their 'findings' or analysis, the author(s) should follow this with a discussion of the implications of the findings and relate these back, if possible, to the literature review.

f.        The authors should either in the discussion or conclusion critically reflect on their work and how it could have been improved and, if appropriate ideas for further work/study.

g.       The conclusions should indicate whether the author(s) have succeeded, or not, to undertake and complete the aims and objectives of the work/study, reflect critically on the work/study (as indicated above); make recommendations, if appropriate, and suggestions for further work/study.

JIL has an acceptance rate of 44% for articles submitted to the journal.


Publication Frequency

The Journal of Information Literacy is published twice a year. Additional, special themed issues are also possible and the editor welcomes suggestions.


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.

The journal is published under the Gold Open Access model, because the CILIP Information Literacy Group believes that knowledge should be shared.  It is therefore free and requires no subscription.  In addition authors are not required to pay a fee to be published in JIL.



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Indexing and availability

JIL is indexed in:

  • LISA
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) from 2009 to date (Vol. 3, Issue 1 to date)

And can be found through browsing in Browzine.


Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

This statement is informed by the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


The Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor are responsible for deciding which of the papers submitted to the journal will be published. Their decision to publish a paper will be based on its importance, originality and clarity, the study’s validity and its relevance to the scope of the journal. The editors may confer with the editorial board or the reviewers in making this decision.

The editors will strive to ensure that peer review is fair, unbiased and timely.


Reviewers must disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission.  If the reviewer feels unqualified to review the research reported in the paper, or knows that they will be unable to complete the review within the given time frame, they must contact the editor within one week of being contacted to undertake the review. Guidelines for reviewers are available on the journal site.


The submitted manuscript is regarded by the journal as a confidential document and is not to be disclosed to anyone beyond the Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, reviewers, copyeditors or editorial team until publication. The exception is where academic misconduct is suspected, when the manuscript may also be shown to the employer, institution or professional body.  The manuscript may not be quoted or ideas used, except by express permission of the authors.

The journal operates a blind review policy and the name of the authors will not be disclosed to the the reviewers. In turn, the authors will not be informed of the name of the reviewers, unless requested by the reviewer.

Academic misconduct

Where plagiarism or other form of academic misconduct is suspected, the editor will first seek a response from those suspected of misconduct. If not satisfied by the response, the editor may contact the relevant employer, institution or appropriate body to investigate. The procedure for dealing with misconduct will be guided by the COPE flowcharts.

Ownership of content:

The Journal of Information Literacy ( JIL) is an open access title. Authors retain copyright in their articles and grant the journal the right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike licence. Author may deposit a copy in their institutional repository with an acknowlegement that it was first published in the Journal of Information Literacy with a link to the DOI or to the JIL site. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that any material used in the article, such as photographs, images, charts or tables, may be used without infringing copyright.

Submissions to JIL must be previously unpublished and must not be under review or consideration by another journal. By submitting their articles to JIL the author(s) grant the right of first publication to the journal (including publication in print and electronic media). To ensure the broadest possible audience for the Journal of Information Literacy the editorial team has set up a number of agreements which stipulate that the journal’s issues will be included on one or more subscription databases, although the articles will still be available free of charge and in full text format. If authors wish their article to be excluded from these agreements they must state so in the ‘Comments to Editor’ box on the submission form.


The editors will seek to minimise any errors or inaccurate or misleading statements in the journal. Where they are notified of such errors, the editors will endeavour to ensure that these are immediately rectified through amendment of the text. If appropriate, a note of the correction will also be made.


Hosting of the journal

Loughborough University Library kindly hosts the Journal of Information Literacy on behalf of the CILIP Information Literacy Group.


Most cited JIL articles

You can discover our most cited articles at Google Scholar.