Become a reviewer for the Journal of Information Literacy (JIL)

The Journal of Information Literacy (JIL) is recruiting peer reviewers for research articles submitted to the journal. JIL is a diamond/platinum open access journal dedicated to publishing research across many areas of information literacy, including higher education, schools, health care, employment and government. It publishes the work of academics and practitioners and, as such, relies on experts across many sectors to provide peer reviews. Our peer reviewers are the backbone of the journal, ensuring that submissions undergo two rigorous, fair and anonymous assessments. More information about the journal is available on the Journal of Information Literacy website.

Your role as a reviewer is to provide supportive, encouraging and constructive feedback about the research design, use of literature, contribution to the field of information literacy and writing quality of submissions that the editors deem worthy of peer review. Following JIL’s guidelines for peer review, you would then recommend one of the following for a manuscript:

  • Accept (or “Accept with minor revisions”)

  • Revisions required

  • Resubmit for review (i.e., “Major revisions required”)

  • Decline

By being a peer reviewer, you contribute professionally to the field of information literacy and support the operation of the journal. You also stay on the cutting edge of information literacy research and sharpen your critical appraisal skills and knowledge of research processes. You would be expected, on average, to conduct two reviews per 12-month period.

We welcome applications from new and experienced researchers and practitioners of information literacy from around the world (i.e., not just a UK focus). Good experience for being a reviewer includes, but is not limited to, being up to date with information literacy literature, having carried out research using specific methodologies, having presented or trained on information literacy topics or having been in a mentoring role. However, if you are unfamiliar with the peer review process and wish to learn more, we are happy to mentor and provide training to new reviewers. We actively encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.

To apply, please complete the form indicating your interest in reviewing and your qualifications.

If you have any questions, please send them to Dr Meg Westbury, JIL Managing Editor.

JIL adheres to the principles and guidelines of ethical peer reviewing outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics.

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