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Author Guidelines

CIL seeks manuscripts on subject matter of interest to professionals in the area of higher education who are committed to advancing information literacy. Manuscripts may be theoretical, research-based, or of a practical nature. It is recommended that prospective authors query the CIL editors before submitting their works, but it is not necessary.

CIL does not accept simultaneous submissions of manuscripts.

CIL manuscripts should be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents. The author's name(s) should appear on a title page, but nowhere else in the manuscript. After receiving the manuscript, CIL editors will remove the title page to ensure a blind review process.

CIL manuscripts should be no longer than 25 pages, including all tables, images, references, and appendixes. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with 1-inch top and bottom margins, and 1.25-inch left and right margins. Paragraphs should be indented. Headers and footers should be used for page numbers only.

Abstracts for CIL manuscripts should be no more than 150 words in length.

The body of the manuscript should be arranged into appropriate headings such as Introduction, Literature Review, Methods, Findings, Discussion, and Conclusions. Other headings may be used as well, as dictated by the needs of the article. However, only a single level of subheadings may be allowed beneath a major heading. Only two levels of headings are allowed within the manuscript.

As we are a journal of information literacy, we assume our readership already has familiarity with the concept of information literacy and its application in library science. Therefore, the manuscript does not need to treat the concept of information literacy as something novel for our readers, particularly in the Introduction or the Literature Review. Unless your institutional definition of information literacy varies significantly from that of the ACRL, there is no need to provide a perfunctory definition of information literacy for our readers.

In all respects not covered by these instructions, CIL manuscripts must adhere to guidelines in the 6th edition of the Manual of Style of the American Psychological Association (APA). This rule applies in terms of format and references. The editors reserve the right to edit manuscripts for style, clarity, and length.

CIL accepts relevant tables, graphs, and illustrations for its manuscripts. These should be included sparingly and should follow these guidelines:

- Tables are not to exceed 3/4 of a page in length. Data should be entered into columns and rows. Data in each cell should be left-justified, vertically-centered. Use of bolds and italics is permitted, but otherwise the table should have minimal formatting.

- Images should be formatted as PNG or TIF files, no more than 500 pixels (W) by 300 pixels (D), on white background. Images should not include any title (i.e. "Figure 1" or "Chart 3") as a part of the image itself. Images should instead be embedded into the manuscript, followed by the image title in square brackets, e.g. [FIGURE 2 -- Types of institutions]. Authors should reference their images or tables in the body of the manuscript, e.g. “as noted in Table 3.” However, they should not reference images in the text of the manuscript as having any particular location, e.g. “in the table above” or “in the following image.” The layout editor will determine the location of any tables and images in the final proofs of the article.

- Tables that exceed 3/4 page in length, or other collected data such as spreadsheets, may be submitted as supplementary files. If accepted for publication, the manuscript will have these supplements attached to the final article, but they should not be included with or embedded in the manuscript itself.

- Appendixes are permitted, but no individual appendix should be more than a single page in length . Authors should consider posting appendixes exceeding one page as supplementary files instead.

CIL authors must include available Digital Object Identifier (DOI) information in their cited references. (This is a requirement for all members of the Publishers International Linking Association, Inc.)

CIL authors are responsible for obtaining any necessary written permission to use copyrighted material, and to pay any and all relevant fees. Appropriate credit should be provided in the manuscript.

CIL manuscripts are blind reviewed. The review process generally takes six to eight weeks to complete. Authors are notified promptly when a decision on their manuscript is made. Manuscripts are not returned unless they have been accepted for publication and revisions are required. Accepted manuscripts are published according to the CIL publication schedule.

CIL is an open access journal. In that spirit, CIL authors retain the copyright to their works. CIL facilitates the distribution of its authors’ intellectual property in a professional manner to enhance the process of scholarly communication, and to advance the cause of information literacy.

CIL does not charge article or author processing fees.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  3. When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g.,
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point Times New Roman font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.

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ISSN: 1933-5954