CIL welcomes new manuscript reviewers to support the process of advancing research, theory, and practice in the area of information literacy in higher education. Since the journal’s inception in 2007, its Reviewer Team has included a balance of established information literacy scholars and practitioners, and those who are new to shaping the professional literature. CIL is an independently published open access journal; it is operated by and for the information literacy community, and it is therefore dependent on community input and participation for continued success. Please join us!

Reviewer Responsibilities

Generally, reviewers assess submitted papers based on significance to the field, quality of research, and quality of writing, and then make one of the following recommendations:

  • Accept (or “Accept with minor revisions”)
  • Revisions required
  • Resubmit for review (i.e., “Major revisions required”)
  • Reject

Written evaluations should be as complete and detailed as possible, and include clear opinions about manuscript strengths, weaknesses, relevance, and importance to the information literacy field. CIL reviewers should consider themselves as mentors to the contributing authors; their comments and suggestions should be specific, constructive, and courteous. See the CIL Reviewer Guidelines below:

CIL Reviewer Guidelines

The Editorial Team characteristically requests reviewers to evaluate an average of two articles per a 12-month period.

Review Process

The CIL review process is double blind; the identitities of reviewers, authors, and institutions are removed from the process. The Editorial Team conducts an initial review of all submissions to determine whether they are appropriate and of sufficient quality to warrant a professional review. Those deemed to have sufficient potential are assigned to three reviewers: one Editorial Board member and two members of the Reviewer Team. Assignments are made based on reviewer expertise and availability.


To apply for membership on CIL’s Reviewer Team, please complete the following application form:

CIL Manuscript Reviewer Application