Communications in Information Literacy

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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Communications in Information Literacy

ISSN: 1933-59541

Website: http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php/cil/index

Purpose, objective, or mission: Communications in Information Literacy (CIL) is a research-oriented journal that considers knowledge, theory, and practice in the area of information literacy. Its editors seek to advance the “exploration and investigation of the various models of information literacy throughout the world.”2

Target audience: This publication is intended to be read by “professionals in the area of higher education who are committed to advancing information literacy.”3

Publisher: Communications in Information Literacy4

Peer reviewed? Yes5

Type: Scholarly6

Medium: Online7

Content: Primarily research-oriented articles advancing information literacy. The journal also publishes essays and book reviews, but these are not open submission.8

Frequency of publication: Semiannual9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=about&op=submissions#onlineSubmissions

Types of contributions accepted: The editors invite submissions that are  theoretical, research-based, or have a practical focus.10

Submission and review process: Although it is recommended that potential authors send queries before submitting their pieces, this step is not mandatory. Authors submit papers electronically as Word documents after registering on the website. To facilitate the blind review process, the author’s name should be confined to the title page of a submission. The process of review is estimated at 6 to 8 weeks and authors will be informed of decisions. The status of submissions can also be checked after log-on to the website.11 According to the editors of CIL, the manuscript acceptance rate hovers around 35 percent.12

Editorial tone: Academic and formal13

Style guide used: Manual of Style of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition14

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

CIL offers scholars and those who work in higher education libraries the opportunity to discuss information literacy as well as to share research and knowledge about this growing field. Because this publication is relatively new and is independently published, it is unknown how credible it will prove to be. An indicator of its growth and acceptance is CIL‘s grant from the Digital Humanities Initiative at Buffalo (DHIB) to acquire and assign Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) to its published works. DOI will be assigned retroactively to articles already published, as well as to articles in future volumes. The DHIB grant is expected to cover the costs of DOI through publication volume nine in the year 2015.15 Due to the fact that it is less established, this journal may present a gateway for those who have not been widely published but who have strong opinions about or knowledge of information literacy.

The journal is indexed in Directory of Open Access Journals, EBSCO, Elsevier Science (SCOPUS), Google Scholar, H.W. Wilson (Library Literature & Information Science Full Text), and Proquest (Library Science). It is also cataloged by OCLC: Worldcat, Public Knowledge Project, and Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory.16

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Due to the independent and open access policies of this journal, there are no paid subscribers and no advertising. In 2011 the editors  confirmed over 700 registered users.17

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Because the journal is online and open access, readers are located throughout the world.18 As this is an international publication, all potential authors should avoid using certain jargon or cultural references that others may not be able to understand. The CIL editors advise writers, “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.”19

Reader characteristics: Though specific reader demographics are not available, authors may assume that the journal’s readers are international and the majority are employed in libraries at higher education institutions.20

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: The primary readers of this publication are knowledgeable about library and information science issues. As noted above, readers have a clear understanding of information literacy and the issues surrounding the topic. It is likely that most readers have a firm grasp on technology, as this journal is only available online. As individuals interested in information literacy, readers probably work closely with electronic resources. It is clear that the audience of this publication values education and, above all, information literacy. They are interested in ensuring that communities have access to information and the ability to evaluate it adequately.21

Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors

It is important to note that because this publication is open access, authors’ work can be viewed for free by anyone searching the Internet, which could be a potential benefit. However, as it has an academic and research emphasis, it is most likely that the audience will be limited to those interested in higher education with a strong background in information literacy. Writers should also keep in mind the growing field of information literacy and recognize the opportunity for new studies in this field, especially those that would be of interest in college libraries and applicable internationally.

Last updated: April 13, 2017


References

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  3. “Submissions,” Communications in Information Literacy, accessed April 13, 2017, http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=about&op=submissions#authorGuidelines
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  5. Communications in Information Literacy, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 13, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406232401880/634315
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  7.  Communications in Information Literacy, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 13, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406232401880/634315
  8. “Section Policies,” Communications in Information Literacy, accessed April 13, 2017, http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=about&op=editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  9. Communications in Information Literacy, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 13, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406232401880/634315
  10. “Submissions,” Communications in Information Literacy, accessed April 13, 2017 http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=about&op=submissions#authorGuidelines
  11. “Submissions,” Communications in Information Literacy, accessed April 13, 2017 http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=about&op=submissions#authorGuidelines
  12. S. Brower, personal communication, 4 May 2011
  13. Communications in Information Literacy, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 13, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406232401880/634315
  14. “Submissions,” Communications in Information Literacy, accessed April 13, 2017, http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=about&op=submissions#authorGuidelines
  15. S. Brower, personal communication, 4 May 2011
  16. “Editorial Policies,” Communications in Information Literacy, accessed April 13, 2017, http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=about&op=editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  17. S. Brower, personal communication, 4 May 2011
  18.  “Editorial Policies,” Communications in Information Literacy, accessed April 13, 2017, http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=about&op=editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  19. “Submissions,” Communications in Information Literacy, accessed April 13, 2017, http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=about&op=submissions#authorGuidelines
  20. “Submissions,” Communications in Information Literacy, accessed April 13, 2017, http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=about&op=submissions#authorGuidelines
  21. “Submissions, Communications in Information Literacy, accessed April 13, 2017, http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=about&op=submissions#authorGuidelines
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