reviews constitute an indispensable component and invaluable source to
the growth of a field, its professional specialists and interested
readers in general. Good reviews should be informative and critical of
the author's contribution to the field. Normally they should not exceed
The following guidelines and editorial policies concerning book reviews
should help to make your review beneficial for both author and reader:'
(1) State as comprehensively and parsimoniously as possible the scope,
objective and content of the book so that the reader can understand and
decide whether or not the book has relevance and value for one’s
respective interest or discipline.
(2) When evaluating the book, give detailed documentation for your
criticisms, both positive and negative. Comments that a book is
"unsophisticated" or “exciting” or “polemic" or "insightful" tell the
reader nothing without elaboration and examples.
(3) Except when necessary to substantiate a criticism of the book, avoid
references to your own research or writing. Remember that the purpose of
your review is to give a concise synopsis of the author's work and your
own critical evaluation of the book. The review should be consistent
with the canons of clarity, comprehensiveness, and professional
(4) Edited books present a special problem. If there are more than three
or four contributions, description and evaluation of each contribution
is usually not possible (and in any event is not desirable). Some
contributions may be chosen for special criticism or praise or may be
mentioned to illustrate general points, but most of the review should
describe and evaluate the book as a whole.
(5) These guidelines are offered not to temper the force of forthright
evaluation and criticism but rather to maintain the journal’s book
reviews at the highest level of quality. Book review manuscripts may be
edited slightly to achieve brevity, grammatical accuracy, or stylistic
consistency, but we will make every effort to insure that such minor
revisions do not in any way alter the content or meaning of the review.
Format of Book Reviews
(1) The heading should be typed as follows:
The Family in Asia, edited by Man Singh Das and Panos D. Dardis, New
Delhi, India: Vikas Publishing House, 1978. 431 pp. $ 12.00 cloth. $
JOHN E. REVIEWER
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, TEMPE
(1) If you are reviewing several books in one review, please list them
alphabetically by author.
(2) The editors reserve the right to edit reviews for style,
conciseness, consistency of punctuation, and unless you request we not
do so, for sexist language.
(3) Please avoid quoting long passages from the book you are reviewing.
Paraphrase when possible. Always give the 'page number of the quote.
(4) Please avoid using references and footnotes. If a quotation from
another, work is 'absolutely necessary, please incorporate the reference
into the text. The form of the reference should be: (Das and Bardis, The
Family in Asia, 1978:230).
(5) Double-space your manuscript, including the heading.
(6) Do not break words at the end of a line. It is sometimes unclear
whether or not the hyphen indicates a compound word.
(7) Use non-erasable paper.
(8) If possible, please submit your review electronically. Otherwise
send two copies of your review (original and duplicate).
(9) We would like to discourage reviewers from sending pre-publication
copies of their reviews to the author of the book being reviewed. This
has created some problems for us in the past.
(l0) Please beat the assigned deadline if possible. The delay between
publication of the books and a review is already running far behind what
is optimal. If something prevents you from completing the review on
time, please let us know and we will try to make an accommodation.
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