Journal of Southern Religion
Style Sheet for Book Reviews
Thank you for agreeing to review
a book for the Journal of Southern Religion. Reviews are a vital
part of the Journal. At their best, as historian Steven Stowe has observed,
reviews are a "vernacular form of scholarly talk" that assess where we
are, where we are going, and how we might best reshape our work.
When you receive your review copy,
please send a short confirmation message to the book review editor,
Within eight weeks, please submit
your review to Dr. Willis for approval and editing.
Please refer to the guidelines below
as you write.
JSR seeks reviews that:
1. Tell plainly what the
book says and for whom it is written. Most readers read reviews to learn
the scope and argument of a book. In addition, a careful assessment of
the book's intended audience is of particular interest to the readers of
an interdisciplinary journal such as the
Writing should be concise yet lively,
and should strive to balance a personal voice with careful analysis.
2. Set the author's argument in
a broad context of scholarly analysis. Reviewers should bear in mind that
scholars from a variety of disciplines will read the review. The perspectives
of the reviewer's own discipline will be of great interest, but reviewers
should avoid assessments based solely on issues of interest to those in
a single field or subfield.
3. Suggest whether the author achieves
the book's stated purpose and assesses the significance of that goal. Criticism
is welcomed, of course, but it should be made only on courteous and constructive
terms. The editors will either ask reviewers to rewrite sections that breach
this standard or refuse the submission altogether.
STYLE AND FORMAT
Most reviews run between 500 and 1,000
words, but there is no formal limit.
All reviews should be submitted as
an e-mail attachment in Word format to the book
Reviews should be single-spaced, flush
at the left margin, and 60 to 75 columns wide.
The following information should appear
at the top of the review:
Author. Full Title of the
Book. Place of Publishing: Publisher, Date of Publication. Number of
Pages. ISBN. Reviewed by [Name of Author], For the Journal of Southern
Please list your name and affiliation
at the end of the essay.
Reviewers should consult the Chicago
Manual of Style (14th edition) on all questions of style. Please supply
page numbers for all quoted passages. Use the first name in the initial
reference to any person (including the author). With organizations or acts,
use the full name in the initial reference; all subsequent references may
use initials or acronyms. Please supply publication dates of any books
mentioned in the review.
Please proofread the text of the review
Questions should be directed to the book review editor.
All reviews commissioned by the Journal
of Southern Religion are the exclusive property of the Journal. Reviews
are considered a work made-for-hire, and, as such, all copyright rights
to the review shall be owned by and be in the name of the Association for
the Study of Southern Religion (ASSR). ASSR in turn grants all review authors
the right to reprint their reviews in any format that they choose, without
the payment of royalties, subject to giving proper credit to the original
publication with the Journal of Southern Religion. ASSR also permits
its reviews to be copied for non-profit educational use provided proper
credit is given to the review author and the Journal.
All reviews will carry the following
Copyright © 1997-20__ by
the Journal of Southern Religion, all rights reserved. This work
may be copied for non-profit educational use if proper credit is given
to the author and the Journal of Southern Religion. For other permission,
please contact the book review editor.
STATUS OF ELECTRONIC REVIEWS
Professional ethics dictate that
a scholar can publish only one review of a book. Journal of Southern
Religion reviews count as that one review. As indicated above, Journal
reviewers have permission to republish their reviews provided that proper
credit is given to the Journal of Southern Religion, but should
not agree to write a separate review of the same work for a print journal.