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, Art Remillard .
Within eight weeks,
please email your review for approval and editing.
Please refer to the
guidelines below as you write.
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 JSR.
Writing should be concise
yet lively, and should strive to balance a personal voice with careful
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
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 review editor.
- Reviews should be
single-spaced, flush at the left margin, and 60 to 75 columns
- 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 Religion.
- 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
- Please proofread
the text of the review carefully.
- 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
- All reviews will
carry the following copyright statement:
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.
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.