Book Review Guidelines

Book Review Process

Thank you for agreeing to review a book for the Journal of Scholarly Publishing. The following guidelines have been developed to provide some focus and direction for all JSP book reviewers.

Some frequently asked questions have been included for your reference (see Queries section).

JSP uses an online manuscript system where authors, peer reviewers, and book reviewers can submit articles, evaluations, and book reviews online. From initial submissions to finished proofs, the online manuscript submission system streamlines the publication process to make it easy and effective for authors, reviewers, and editors alike. When your book review is ready for submission, you will submit it through the online manuscript submission system interface.

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Review Format

The title of the review is the title of the book along with the name of the author(s) and any series titles.

In a separate paragraph please include the publisher (city, name of publisher, date of publication), Page count, Illustrations (if this is the case), ISBN, the price, and website (if available).

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Example of Review Title

Phillipa K. Chong. Inside the Critics’ Circle: Book Reviewing in Uncertain Times. Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology.

Example of Additional Information

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2020. Pp. 178. Cloth: isbn-13 978-0-691-16746-6,
us$29.95, uk£25.00; eBook: isbn-13 978-0-691-18603-0, us$29.95, uk£25.00.

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Word Limit

No longer than 1500 words, inclusive of any note references.

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Additional Elements for Submission

Please do not structure your review as a chapter by chapter analysis. Rather, write your comments and personal opinions about the book as a whole, highlighting particular areas of interest to illustrate your points. If you enjoyed the book, or thought the text was commendable, communicate your views in a way that will also make others want to read it.

Do not forget to indicate your full name, accreditation, and affiliation as this is published at the end of your review. Please include your e-mail address so that we can send page proofs directly to you, prior to publication.

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Contact Information

Please complete all sections of the online manuscript submission system registration section.

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Q: Should I focus my review on any particular areas of the book?

A: If you are reviewing a new edition of a book, it is a good idea to compare it with the previous version. The preface offers some guidance about what has been added, deleted, changed, as well as outlining any new research that has been included and whether the references have been updated.

If the book is illustrated, comment on the illustrations. Are they clear, do they relate well to the text? Does the index really fulfill its purpose?

Indicate the type of audience that would be interested in the book you are reviewing, such as students, teachers, researchers, or specialists.

Q: Can I keep the book once I have completed my review?

A: Yes!

Q: What do I do if I feel the book is not worth reviewing?

A: On the rare occasion, a reviewer may feel the material is not worth reviewing (due to serious clinical errors, for example). If this is the case, please contact the book review editor (contact information below) to determine next steps. There is, of course, nothing wrong with writing a highly critical review especially if it points out factual errors in the book.

To read about the importance of finding quality book reviewers and publishing their work, please read Lynette Felber’s “The Book Review: Scholarly and Editorial Responsibility,” published in the Journalof Scholarly Publishing.

Thank you so much for your willingness to review a book and your interest in JSP.

Questions relating to any of the above details may be directed to the JSP Editor at the address below:

Dr. Deborah Poff

[email protected]

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