Book Reviews

New Forums Press publishes scholarly book reviews and review essays on a regular basis. We welcome inquiries and suggestions regarding potential future reviews and review essays. Please send ideas to:

Michael Strawser, Ballarmine University, Book Review Editor, at
and/or Russell Carpenter, JFD Editor, at

Guidelines for Book Reviews

A book review should be approximately 800-900 words. A review essay (two or more books) should be approximately 1100-1200 words. At the top of the review, please place all required information about the book: title, author, publisher, date, page numbers, and price.

Example: The Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions (2nd ed.), by Peter Seldin. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing, 1997, xiv + 268 pp. $24.95

This information should be followed by this statement:
Reviewed by [reviewer’s name]

Please include your name, position, and institutional affiliation at the conclusion of your review.

Example: Charlie Sweet is Foundation Professor at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY.

The entire submission must be double-spaced. Please submit a copy of the review in MS Word as an e-mail attachment.

The review should contain the following:

  1. A brief description of the book’s contents.
  2. A scholarly evaluation of the book–including its contribution and relation to existing literature and trends in the field, its strengths and weaknesses, and its unique qualities (if any).
  3. A brief description of the appropriate audience for the book.
  • Note: “The best reviews teach the readers something about the field in addition to announcing and describing a book….The more analysis, synthesis, and evaluation you can provide in a review, the more its potential value.” (Erwin, R. W., Jr. [1992]. Reviewing books for scholarly journals. In J. M. Moxley [Ed.], Writing and publishing for academic authors. New York: University Press of America).

Please forward all communications to: Felicity Grandjean,

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