Write a Book Review

How to Write a Book Review

The Wabash Center’s Online Publication Reflective Teaching publishes short (500 word) reviews of books and resources about teaching and learning. Our Book Reviews call attention to and briefly describe books and other resources that help faculty develop as reflective teachers.

A good book review should:

  • place the book in a larger context of scholarship
  • make explicit application to the institutional context of our readers
  • consider the book in relation to theological education or religious studies in the liberal arts
  • describe the value and usefulness that the book might have for busy scholars and teachers

Please suggest books for review by contacting the Editor.

Read Guidelines for Writing Book Reviews

Print Instructions (pdf)

Reviewers are expected to submit their review within 3 months of receiving the book.

A good book review should:

  • place the book in a larger context of scholarship
  • make explicit application to the institutional context of our readers
  • consider the book in relation to theological education or religious studies in the liberal arts
  • describe the value and usefulness that the book might have for busy scholars and teachers

1. Length. Book reviews should be approximately 500 words single-spaced.

2. Format. Reviewer’s name and institutional affiliation should be left justified at the end of the review. Diacritical marks must be visible without the use of special fonts.

3. Title. The title of the book review should be left justified in the following format:

Inspiring Teaching: Carnegie Professors of the Year Speak
Edited by John K. Roth
Boston, Mass.: Anker Publishing, 1997 (xx + 236 pages, ISBN 1-882982-14-2, $34.95)

4. Contact. Please provide your name, institutional affiliation (as you want it to appear with the review), mailing address, and email address. Please keep us updated if your contact information changes so that we can contact you quickly and easily during the editorial review and publication process.

5. Style.

  • Minimize the use of italics, boldface, and scare quotes
  • Use conventional state abbreviations rather than two-letter postal codes (use Ind., not IN)
  • Avoid double spacing after periods
  • Avoid using virgules (the diagonal mark used to separate alternatives, as in “and/or”)
  • Avoid clichés
  • Use American English
  • Consult Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary for spelling questions
  • Use the serial comma
  • Commas and periods appear inside quotation marks. Other punctuation (colons, semicolons, question and exclamation marks, and hyphens) appear outside the quotes, except in dialogue
  • Spell out whole numbers from zero to ten
  • Spell out names of organizations, firms, agencies, and so forth on first reference with acronym in parentheses following. Abbreviate such names on second reference
  • Please use inclusive language when referencing human communities. “Man,” “men,” “he.” or “his” are to be used when they clearly refer to (solely) male referents, not for mixed or indeterminate referents
  • Instead, use “person,” “people,” and “he and/or she” or “his and/or hers” (See: Frank, Treichler, et al., Language, Gender, and Professional Writing; Dumond, The Elements of Nonsexist Usage; Miller and Swift, The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing; or Baron, Grammar and Gender)

6. Citations. Quoted passages from the reviewed work must have page numbers enclosed in parentheses. Other citations (if necessary) should be in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition (author/date citations with reference list providing full bibliographic information at the end of the review). Endnotes and footnotes are not permitted.

7. Electronic Submissions. Please submit manuscripts by Microsoft Word document attached to an email message to:

Dr. Paul Myhre
Editor, Reflective Teaching
myhrep@wabash.edu

8. Deadline. Please submit the book review within 3 months of receiving the book (or per previous arrangement). If you are unable to meet this schedule, please notify the Editor as soon as possible so other arrangements can be made.

9. Timeline. We strive to review submissions and reply in a timely manner. We will acknowledge receipt of the book review immediately, but it may take several months to review the manuscript and make a decision about publication. Authors will be notified by email. Once a book review has been accepted it will appear online within a month of notification. Authors will be advised by email message when a book review has been published online.

10. Copy Editing. Once a book review has been accepted for publication it will be copy edited to the standards of our style sheet and for consistent usage. Authors will be contacted about editorial changes that might affect substance.

If you have questions, please contact:

Dr. Paul Myhre
Editor, Reflective Teaching
myhrep@wabash.edu
Associate Director, Wabash Center

Questions and submissions:
Paul Myhre
Editor, Reflective Teaching
myhrep@wabash.edu

List of Books Available for Review

  • Identify a book from the list of books available for review
  • Send an email request to: myhrep@wabash.edu
    Editor: Reflective Teaching Book Reviews 

Reviewers are expected to submit their review within 3 months of receiving the book.

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Multicultural Andragogy for Transformative Learning (Online Review Copy Only)

Peltz, David P.; Clemons, Anthony C.
IGI Global, 2018

Book

Available for review

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Threshold Concepts in Problem-based Learning

Savin-Baden, Maggi; Tombs, Gemma, eds.
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc, 2018

Book

Available for review

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A Leader's Guide to Competency-Based Education: From Inception to Implementation

Bushway, Deborah J.;Dodge, Laurie; Long, Charla S.
Stylus Publishing, Llc., 2018

Book

Available for review

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Vocation Across the Academy - A New Vocabulary for Higher Education

Cunningham, David S.
Oxford University Press, 2017

Book

Available for review

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Advancing the Learning Agenda in Jewish Education

Levisohn, Jon A.; Kress, Jeffrey S., eds.
Academic Studies Press, 2018

Book

Available for review

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Handbook of Research on Student-Centered Strategies in Online Adult Learning Environments

Fitzgerald, Carlton J.; Laurian-Fitzgerald, Simona; Popa, Carmen
IGI Global, 2018

Book

Available for review

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Multidimensional Curriculum Enhancing Future Thinking Literacy: Teaching Learners to Take Control of Their Future

Vidergor, Hava E.
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc, 2018

Book

Available for review

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Islamic Schooling in the West: Pathways to Renewal

Abdalla, Mohamad; Chown, Dylan;Abdullah, Muhammad, eds.
Springer-Verlag New York, 2018

Book

Available for review

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Digital Technologies: Sustainable Innovations for Improving Teaching and Learning

Sampson, D.; Ifenthaler, D.; Spector, J.M.; Isaías, P. (Eds.)
Springer-Verlag New York, 2018

Book

Available for review

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Implementing Communities of Practice in Higher Education: Dreamers and Schemers

McDonald, Jacquie; Cater-Steel, Aileen, eds.
Springer-Verlag New York, 2017

Book

Available for review

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Optimizing Open and Distance Learning in Higher Education Institutions (Online Review Copy Only)

Pandey, Umesh Chandra; Indrakanti, Verlaxmi
IGI Global, 2017

Book

Available for review

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Supporting Multiculturalism in Open and Distance Learning Spaces (Online Review Copy Only)

Toprak, Elif; Kumtepe, Evrim Genc
IGI Global, 2017

Book

Available for review

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The Dynamic Interplay between Context and the Language Learner

King, Jim, ed.
Palgrave Macmillan Springer Nature, 2016

Book

Available for review

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